Teenagers are a vulnerable lot and their minds can easily get influenced by whatever is going on around them. Therefore, it is very necessary to take adequate care and filter the messages that are reaching their minds. This can only be done by adequate parental guidance at the right time. Teenage is the stage of a child’s age when she is just entering adulthood from her childhood stage and therefore this is the most dif ficult stage both for the individual and her parents. Parenting teens can be very difficult as they resent any kind of interference in their lives, and at this stage they are very hyperactive with raging hormones.
There are some important issues in which parental guidance is required in the case of teens. Too often these days, kids spend a lot of their free time watching TV. Parents need to pay very close attention to the content that they are watching on TV as nowadays there is a lot of content shown that is detrimental to their well-being. Too much TV can totally kill a kid’s ability to pay attention to things. Apart from this constant exposure to this gadget can also lead to behavioural issues for the kids.
The video game is another form of screen that woos the teenager today. Although, a computer game or a video game does not figure in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, incessant, unhealthy exposure to the medium can result in detrimental effects on the impressionable minds of teenagers. Constant exposure to computer games or video games leads to detrimental effects to an individual’s well being on more levels than one. Research has shown that this medium can affect a teenager psychologically and emotionally, cause detrimental effects to his health, affect family relationships, result in financial loss, affect studies, result in affecting their social lives.
The internet has grown to be an all pervasive medium in the last few years. In such a scenario, even teenagers are not far away from getting addicted to this malaise. There are many harmful effects of the internet especially for school and college going children. The internet is a potent tool through which vulgarity is shown to the teenager. Also, our family values and traditions are undermined through this medium. The internet has been elemental in distorting our Indian culture and also promoting unhealthy behaviour among teenagers.
Talking to a teen about his sexuality is the most difficult thing to do for a parent. During the teenage years there are a lot of hormonal changes taking place in the child’s body, which she does not understand and finds it difficult to come to terms with. This is where parental guidance can play a very important role in enlightening the child about her sexuality and help the teen conduct exhibit her sexuality in the right way, without affecting other people. At times, a teen has questions about when is the right time to have sex, or should she have sex before marriage. Such questions can be answered by a parent in the correct way. Therefore parental guidance is very important for a teenager during her growth years.
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