The Crisis of the American Teen Premature adulthood is imposed upon teenagers in today’s society. It affects them in two different but closely related ways. One is in which a teenagers needs to find a sense of self and needs protection on trying to do so. The other is the stress that is being forced upon them. Teenagers need to be given time , support and guidance to form from child to adult, but that must come from the parents.
The traumatic events during childhood, such as, physical or emotional abuse, and the loss of a parent, may cause changes in the brain that makes a person more susceptible to depression (“Teen Depression”). Physical and emotional abuse is a main cause of trauma because the teen will not be able to trust anyone. Adolescence can be a very turbulent and difficult time, even for the well-adjusted teen. Teenagers with depression can have far-reaching implications, when young people suffer from or with emotional difficulties they aren’t sure how to manage (“10 Common Causes”). A physical abuse from a loved one or relationship has a lot of impact on a teen’s life.
Because sex is so prevalent in our society today, the issue must be addressed instead of merely ignored. Murray states, “Students at every level should be encouraged to explore subjects that will not be part of their vocation”(95). With this being said, it seems as though this subject is one that is often ignored through the schooling process. Public schools should strongly consider teaching a program to their students that encourages them to remain abstinent but also teaches them about ways they can protect themselves if they choose to become sexually active. As children grow, they gain knowledge about a variety of subjects to prepare them for the future.
Thoughts, behavior, fashion, and music often have a deep impact on our society. People and teenagers in particular, tend to get influenced by the lifestyles of their peer group. It is a person’s tendency to do what the crowd does. Few individuals have the courage to resist the peer pressure and be their own selves rather than being one amongst a group. Parents play a vital role to during this phase of a teenager’s life and must exhibit extreme caution when dealing with their adolescents, as they are most vulnerable to yield to peer pressure during these critical years of their lives.
People do unimaginable things when pressure is put on them by people that they admire. We comply and conform when brainwashed, influenced, and pressured. It creates huge and destructive problems and moral struggles as seen with Orwell, the victims of Jonestown, and the thousands of teens that fall prey to peer pressure everyday. The only way to combat peer pressure is for others to start being accountable for their own actions and for integrity to become a higher priority in day-to-day life. If society can begin to teach our youth this then we will be one step closer to eliminating the problem; however, complete elimination of peer pressure can only come when adolescents and adults alike stop being the problem, and start becoming the solution by resisting the urge to pressure and be pressured.
Thirdly, create more awareness programmes. There is a need to take action by educational awareness programmes, giving them a clear idea on how bullying can really affect their life but their future ahead. And people should volunteer to support this movement. It is clear then that bullying is a serious problem like health, financial and relationships with families. With bullying everyone is affected.
Majority of these obstacles they face have an outside influence on them, demonstrating how hard it is to prove themselves as individuals. Individuality means a person with distinctive character, but sometimes a person cannot show their individuality because of how society is shaped. Although parents cannot do much, they should support and most importantly listen to their child. They can help their child get through a new school grade by showing them how to manage their time. Parents can allow their teen to be independent or help them with any bullying issues they may be facing.
Parents should arm themselves with the critical thinking skills to speak and listen clearly, and encourage critical thinking in their youth to offset the effects of the negative influences in the media. This will lead the younger generation to know the difference between life and art.
However, when parents start to abuse them, adolescents may react indescribably. Young teens may think they deserve this kind of punishment or feel as though they can not do anything about it because they are inferior to their parents. According to the journal America: Home Violence by John Crehn, “Domestic violence can soon leak into the outside world by corrupt behavior exploitations from the individual exposed to the violence.”(Crehn) Although it may only occur in the household, children still carry the effects of domestic violence everywhere they go. Entering their middle school, youth could begin to illustrate signs of rebellion and misconduct. This may lead them to feel superio... ... middle of paper ... ...heir life then and later on will be saved with the non-presence of domestic violence.
Raising kids in today is hard and can be very frightening. One of the biggest concerns and fears of parents is how their child will react to peer pressure when the children become teenagers. Parents have a lot of influence on their children and are able to teach them right from wrong. But as children become teenagers their friends seem to have more influence on them than the parents do. Should parents try to keep their kids from having to deal with peer pressure?