3. Depression and Anxiety
Perhaps, more than ever before, teens are battling depression and anxiety. Some studies show it could be linked with social media. Either way, it’s crucial for parents to watch for the dangerous warning signs of depression and anxiety. Find a trustworthy doctor and consider therapy if your teen shows signs of ongoing or worsening symptoms.
4. Self Harm
Unfortunately, youth today are faced with more temptations than we ever dreamed possible. Not only are they enticed by substances such as drugs and alcohol, often they’re tempted to self-harm. It’s imperative, in 2019, that parents open their eyes to this issue. Even though it may be easier to ignore, we simply must be proactive. You may even need to reach out to an organization like the Crisis Text Line (link below) for help and guidance.
Sex, drugs, and violence have been part of the teen culture for many decades. However, it seems like kids are becoming dangerously desensitized. It’s important to understand why kids do drugs, and look at ways to stop the desensitization toward violence and sex. Common Sense Media offers some good tools in this area.
Even with the anti-bullying programs today, the issue still remains in 2019. Teens everywhere are facing torment from their peers on a daily basis. It’s important for parents to work closely with schools, clubs, and workplaces to ensure they have anti-bullying policies in place. Truly, we can take a stand against bullying in 2019. (Our kids will thank us for it!)