The concerns and challenges of being a U.S. teen: What the data show
School problems: pre-teens & teens | Raising Children Network
These projects empower our students to effect change through awareness, advocacy, activism, and aid. I would argue that many of our social and political problems stem from a lack of empathy, so a fundamental step in social justice projects is developing a mindset of openness and self-reflection. Research, historical facts, and data may be helpful for this, but I find that an emotional connection is the best way to awaken awareness, making the concepts tangible and personal for students. One of my favorite exercises for this is the Paper Ball Toss.
Concern about mental health cuts across gender, racial and socio-economic lines, with roughly equal shares of teens across demographic groups saying it is a significant issue in their community. Fewer teens, though still substantial shares, voice concern over bullying, drug addiction and alcohol consumption. More than four-in-ten say these are major problems affecting people their age in the area where they live, according to a Pew Research Center survey of U.
Ups and downs at school are part of life for many young people. School difficulties range from minor to severe, might be very short-lived or last for longer. Even short-term school problems can have a negative impact on how young people feel about school — and themselves. Children do better and stay longer at school when their parents and families are involved.