Ah phones! As a school teacher they can be the bane of my existence. I see them sucking energy and attention from my students and I believe they are an addictive vice for many.
I have experienced the same myself, although not growing up with this I can easily focus on study or work or spend time in nature for hours without the phone in sight. I’m not sure many of my students could say the same.
As someone who runs an online business, I value the connection and communication that this technology offers, for example connecting with you through writing these blogs.
I follow lots of inspirational people and companies on Instagram and Facebook and I'm also subscribed to some great blogs, however I can sometimes use this as an excuse for excess scrolling time.
For many teens they aren’t being inspired by the material coming at them through their phones. Unfortunately bullying and negative comments are the norm and unlike days past (only very recent days past) going home doesn’t mean getting away from the bully. The bully can follow you everywhere.
“Why do teens keep checking their phones if they know the bully could be there?”
Do you worry about your teen's use of drugs and alcohol? Do you think they may be influenced by peer pressure and get themselves into dangerous situations?
There's two schools of thought on this topic. One is zero tolerance. Which says that any amount of drug or alcohol usage is dangerous under the age of 18 and should be prevented at all costs. This is the perspective of schools, police, and some parenting organisations. I believe this is only effective as a parent if you practice this yourself.
The other school of thought is harm minimisation. This perspective says that with some teens, it's nearly impossible to prevent them from using alcohol or other drugs. You say no and make rules, then they jump out of the window and go get trashed anyway.
Harm minimisation says that if teens are going to drink, take drugs, and have sex regardless then let's educate them so they stay safe.
So here's my 3 tips for teens to party safe...