Today’s teenagers face a number of problem and issues on a daily basis. The issues teens face today are different than the problems their parents faced as teenagers. Here are some of the most common problems facing today’s teenagers.
Body image– Teenagers face an array of body changes, leading some teenagers to feel they are too fat, too skinny, too short or too tall. This body image, in turn, affects their self-esteem. This means that they also believe their classmates perceive them in the same way they perceive themselves. Hormonal changes and puberty have huge effects on teenagers. They often compare themselves to those around them and feel inadequate when they think they don’t match the standards of everyone else.
Bullying– Bullying is a major problem teenagers face today. Bullying can occur at school or online, known as cyberbullying. The two main reasons kids are bullied are because of their social status and their appearance. It is important that parents talk to school officials if they believe their teen is being bullied at school. If the problem is cyberbullying, parents need to confront the parents of the person doing the bullying.
Drugs and alcohol– The main source of teenagers engaging in using drugs and alcohol is usually peer pressure. Teens who engage in these behaviors often face problems at home, at school, with friends and with police. Parents need to talk to their teen about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. If their teen is already engaging in these behaviors, parents need to get their teen help before the problem becomes out of hand.
Sex– Many of today’s teenagers are in a romantic relationship. Oftentimes, this relationship leads to physical involvement, also known as sex. When teenagers engage in unprotected sex, it may lead to pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases. It is important that teens are educated on having protected sex, if they are going to engage in sexual activity.