Adolescence is a time when teenagers face physical and emotional challenges. Teenagers often seek independence and want to establish their identities. While it is completely normal to feel invincible during the adolescent stage, it does not hurt to observe necessary precautions so as not to get in sticky situations. Being a teenager means you are not a child anymore, and you need to realize the dangers that can possibly harm you.
Becoming a teenager means being able to decide certain things on your own. These decisions may be affected by peer pressure, but in the end, you are responsible for your own actions. It is good to have friends, but you should know when to stand up for your choices. Saying “no” does not mean you are a coward; it only means that you are an individual who knows what is right or wrong.
Dealing With Peer Pressure
You don’t have to just go along with what your peers are doing, especially if you think they are doing something illegal or morally wrong. While it is not always easy to say “no” to your friends, it is still possible if you have the will and courage to speak your mind. If you are in a situation where your peers are involved in something that is not right and it makes you feel uncomfortable, the easiest thing to do is not get involved. If you cannot persuade them to change their minds, make your own decision and walk away. Do not allow yourself to be pulled into a dangerous situation just because you cannot say “no.” Always remember that real friends respect each other.
Be a Role Model
Friends help each other in every possible way. Instead of abandoning your friends, encourage them to participate in cool and enjoyable activities. For example, instead of skipping classes to smoke cigarettes or meeting on weekends to set off fireworks, participate in sports or school clubs. Be a role model and let them see that you genuinely care for their well-being. Instead of becoming a follower, you can lead them to a brighter and cleaner path.
During adolescence teenagers are exposed to dangerous activities. As a teenager who is walking the path to adulthood, it is your responsibility to make sound and rational choices for your own good. As young as you are, you already have the power to ensure that you are leading your life in the right direction.
Many teenagers find that being underage means succumbing to numerous restrictions. A teenager cannot:
- Drive (applies to teenagers under the age of 16)
- Have adult-teen sex relationships (specific laws vary in each state)
However, you must understand that these are not wrong simply because you are underage and the law dictates that these activities are illegal; there are health and social repercussions as well. Smoking and drinking, for example, can risk your physical well-being, and cause personal and social problems. Doing these things at a young age can increase these risks and cause difficulties that can haunt you throughout your adult life.
Teenagers need to look after their physical health and emotional well-being to ensure a healthy body and mind in the future. Stay away from danger by making sound decisions. For example, you know that it is illegal and dangerous to drink alcohol when you need to drive. The choices you make and the consequences that come from them are yours to bear, so it is best to make decisions that do not harm you and the people around you.
If you are having difficulties making choices and decisions, talk to your parents or call 1-888-388-5605 to seek help from a professional. You can get information about the dangers that teenagers face and ways to deal with them.