Among the more positive impacts they see: At the same time, these teachers juxtapose these benefits against some emerging concerns. These teachers report that students rely mainly on search engines to conduct research, in lieu of other resources such as online databases, the news sites of respected news organizations, printed books, or reference librarians. They also spend time constructing assignments that point students toward the best online resources and encourage the use of sources other than search engines.
Source Teen Issues Recently, I attended a school program with other parents of teenagers. The conversation was mainly complaints about raising teenagers.
Each parent was only adding items to the list of complaints, but offering no solutions. This got me thinking that what we need today is to look at the problem in a different light.
I took a good look at the teenager I raise, followed him around, spoke to him awhile, talked with other teenagers, and this is what I found. They long to belong to supportive and accepting communities beyond their family.
They experience stress and difficulty prioritizing and managing their time. They feel lots of pressure from peers, parents, and society to conform to conflicting expectations. They are at risk of mental and physical health issues. They lack good mentors, role models, and heroes.
They are tempted to begin unhealthy patterns with drugs and alcohol. They are exposed to on-screen violence and unhealthy social media.
They face bullying—online and off. They may participate in risky sexual activity and behavior. Each of these is described fully below, with suggestions for how a parent can help navigate or avoid these problems. Issues With Body image During the transition from childhood to adulthood, while their bodies are morphing into new shapes and sizes, teens are struggling to come to terms with their bodies and get comfortable inside their own skins.
The cherubic child is gone and they are left looking at a stranger in the mirror: Eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, etc. Eating disorders can affect a teen's health, mood, relationships, and day-to-day functioning. Eating disorders affect women more than men, but more young men are more prone to something called muscle dysmorphiawhere they become unhealthily obsessed with being bigger and more muscular.
Even if the discontentment with their body doesn't cause them to excessively exercise or make themselves sick, the ongoing and pervasive feeling that their bodies are "not right" can have many lasting negative affects on their lives.
Teens feel pressure to conform to many unhealthy expectations regarding their bodies, behavior, and appearance.
An Unmet Need for Community and Identity I see many teenagers struggling to find a place in society, wanting to be recognized by their peers and accepted for what they are.
This is one of the most important tasks of their lives at this juncture and they are faced with a lot of anxiety and insecurity as they work around this. When teens get the message that they don't fit in and don't belong here, it can lead to feelings of isolation, disconnect, and depression.
The television shows marketed to this age group normalize bullying, premarital sex, aggressive and violent behavior, and rule-breaking.
You are cool only if you own all the brands. What is a teen to do? Is it their fault if they are confused, defiant, or out-of-control? Take my son as an example. He was brought up to be respectful, helpful, kind, gentle, tolerant, follow moral and biblical principles of honesty, integrity etc.
He is like most teenagers who haven't yet found a group of friends that accepts and loves them the way they are. This feeling of not-belonging is prevalent and affects all aspects of a teen's life.
Teenagers want to feel like they belong to a community, but many teens have trouble finding acceptance.Starting Late Many teenage high school students are tired during the school day, distracting them from their studies.
That is just one of the many good reasons that the starting time of school . Jan 15, · Students say social media interfere with homework Hill High School West, is one of the many students who admits she becomes distracted by social networks while trying to complete school.
Getting into the best colleges and universities is, for many students, the WHOLE POINT of high school. I don't disagree - your personal performance, attitude, activities, and choices in high school will LARGELY determine what colleges you can attend.
Nov 01, · Teachers were asked to speak in depth about teaching research and writing to middle and high school students today, the challenges they encounter, and how they incorporate digital technologies into their classrooms and assignments.
Many young people engage in sexual risk behaviors and experiences that can result in unintended health outcomes. For example, among U.S. high school students surveyed in 1 40% had ever had sexual intercourse.
10% had four or more sexual partners. 7% had been physically forced to have sexual. Through my work, I’ve come to realize that while most teens begin the school year with the best of intentions, many students simply lack the daily habits and structure to make those intentions a reality.