Information for young people aged 14+

The Buzz

The Buzz (www.buzz.org.uk) is the National Deaf Children’s Society’s website for deaf children and young people. It has a dedicated site for young people aged 12-18.

It's a safe place for deaf children and young people to make friends, play games, share experiences and find out about more about NDCS’s deaf friendly events and activities.

Deaf young people can also develop their own stories on the Buzz and find out how to get involved in our new initiatives and campaigns.

They can also access a range of information and advice on topics such as deaf identity, work experience, bullying, leaving school and sexual health.

The Buzz uses subtitled videos, BSL and plain English to make the site accessible for deaf children and young people.

The site is closely moderated and we have a clear safety policy to help deaf children and young people to keep themselves safe. 

Real video stories

Visit our YouTube channel for lots of interesting videos and stories (including vlogs made by deaf young people). We have created a playlist especially for deaf teenagers including videos on travelling, deaf awareness, work experience and many more.  

Young People’s Advisory Board

YAB 2012-14 (credit: NDCS)

The National Deaf Children’s Society has a group of 18 deaf young people aged between 13 and 19 who represent deaf young people across the UK. Our Young People’s Advisory Board (YAB) acts as the voice of deaf children and young people, influencing issues that affect their lives at a local and national level, and having their say on projects and services within the National Deaf Children’s Society.  Members sit on the YAB for 18 months and each new Board chooses priorities and key issues to focus on. If you think your child might be interested in getting involved, recruitment details for our next YAB can all be found on the Buzz website. 

Your child and leaving school

studying at college (credit: NDCS)

If your child is starting to think about what they would like to do in the future, the info and advice section on the Buzz has loads of helpful information. As part of the MyFuture programme we have developed a handy resource designed to help deaf teenagers consider all the options available to them: This is...MyFuture!

They can also come along to a MyFuture event where they can learn some key skills such as how to write a CV and prepare for an interview. They will meet and learn from other deaf young people and inspirational deaf role models. So whether your child is thinking about university, looking into apprenticeships or simply not sure yet then ask them to check out the MyFuture section on the Buzz website.

Sex, relationships and your body

We have information on the Buzz for deaf young people about puberty, gender,  sexuality,  contraception, pregnancy, and keeping safe in relationships and online. It includes practical guidance on what to do, and who to talk to in each situation. 

Improving visits to the doctor

My life, My health (credit: NDCS)

My life, My health is an exciting health campaign to improve deaf young people’s experiences of GP services. The campaign was created by the YAB to support deaf young people's access to healthcare services.

There are free resources for parents, health professionals and young people, including videos and factsheets. 

Improving deaf awareness

Look, Smile, Chat chatting teens (credit: NDCS)

If your child’s classmates do not really understand how best to chat to them then some simple steps can make a big difference.  We have produced films and other free resources to help deaf and hearing teenagers communicate with each other, as part of our Look, Smile, Chat campaign. 

Bullying

Are you or your child worried about bullying? Assure them that bullying should not be tolerated and that school or college staff, friends and family are there to support them. There is  information, videos and free resources available on the Buzz for them to look at, including six colourful See it! Stop it! ‘tips’ postcards. Download our resource for parents here..

SEND reforms

We have put together some fact sheets and videos to help young people understand the recent SEND reforms, including Local Offers and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. Parents can visit www.ndcs.org.uk/sen.

Welfare benefits: changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the introduction of Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Factsheet. (credit: NDCS)

Does your child know that DLA for those aged 16+ is gradually being replaced by PIP? They can visit the Buzz for more information including a factsheet and a video to help make the changes clearer. Information for you as a parent about the financial support that might be available to you including the changes to welfare benefits can be found here.

Events

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We have a programme of exciting one-day, weekend and week-long events for deaf children and young people. Check out our What's on page for our upcoming events. 

Glossary Terms

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