Teenagers who want more friends and an enriching social life can overcome the difficulties of peer pressure and fit in by mastering adult skills. Parents can help their teenagers by listening and answering questions as they arise and without being judgmental. Often, questions teens ask may seem basic to adults, but it can make a huge difference in whatever issues your teen is facing.
I think the most important things we learn are how to be social. I know what you might be thinking, and yes, all we teenagers do is be social with our phones and computers and things. And, again, you might not think that these things are important but they actually are.
Today's teens prefer texting over in-person communication, use social media multiple times a day, and admit that digital distractions interfere with homework, personal relationships and sleep, according to a new survey of to year-olds. Why it matters: Concerns over the negative impact of social media use have increased recently with reports of teen depression, suicide and cyberbullying on the rise. The study by Common Sense Media, a non-profit group focused on tech and media's impact on kids, shows teens have a complicated relationship with technology.
My 8th grader was dumped by his posse the week before school started. Yep, the Fearsome Five had decided to be the Fearsome Four, and my son was ousted. As I shared his my tale of woe with my squad, they unanimously recommended I talk to the moms—three of whom were friends of mine.
Track practice. SAT prep. Debate club.
My child just stepped into teenage and already her friends are the most important people in her life. I can relate. When I was a teenager, my friends were the reason I survived the loss of my mother.
In fact, a report by Common Sense Media found that 75 percent of American teenagers have social media profiles. Social media is a daily part of life for the vast majority of teens. For many teens, social media can become almost addictive.
Teenage social butterflies have always enjoyed slumber parties and Friday night fun. Now, researchers say, socially active teens, like their older counterparts, are healthier than their loner peers in key areas such as weight, blood pressure, and stress hormone levels. The friendships we make in our teen years are just as essential for our well-being as the social connections we make late in life, a new study finds.