The media is often a source of anxiety for young teenagers not only because of the confusing and often contradicting messages it sends but also because of how deeply ingrained it has become in every aspect of our lives.
Teenagers are constantly inundated with messages from various groups, each with their own agenda (almost always an aim to sell), and few that have a young teens best interests at heart.
Ideas and information about serious topics such as sex, alcohol, violence, and so forth are watered down, joked about, and discussed nonchalantly online all the while giving teenagers false impressions about the gravity of the decisions they make and the effect those decisions have on their futures.
The world has changed and with it emerging technologies have shifted how our teenagers view themselves and those around them.
Magazines continue to portray the airbrushed goddesses young girls believe they should look like and are filled with little more than beauty and sex advice forcing teenager girls to play dual roles in society.
The messages are inconsistent and impossible, leaving adolescent girls not only confused and frustrated by their deemed roles in society but also uncertain as to which parts of themselves are acceptable and which are meant to be fettered away.The effect that our society has on young adolescents is a profound and dangerous one.Our culture is filled with endless outlets of expression, advertising, and persuasion, many of which are used without any thoughts as to the moral consequences they bear.Teenagers must be given rules to abide by in order to create a sense of structure and safety but they must also be allowed to explore and discover themselves.They need reassurance of the love and support that they have as well as the opportunity to test the boundaries of the world around them in a safe, non-destructive sort of way.
Fortunately, there exists hope for the teenagers of this generation and it resides in the dedication of aware and resourceful parents seeking to raise emotionally healthy teenagers.