Discussing Issues For Teens - What You Need To KnowThe topic of controversial issues for teens has become the latest fad in the media and at school. The common practice is to allow teens to take a class which involves discussing the topic of sensitive issues with their peers. Although many parents would encourage their teens to discuss these issues with them, they would most likely be questioned by the authorities as to whether the class would be safe and would your child really learn anything?
The topics covered in the class are normally referred to as 'sensitive issues'. Generally these include pregnancy, drug abuse, sexual and social rights, sex education, same sex relationships, teen pregnancy, and so on. While some people may believe that these are not necessarily topics that require discussion, it is still good to know about how a teenager can properly handle such sensitive issues for teens.
Some parents have the opinion that if a kid is sexually active, he or she is too young to be taught about a kid's body. Yet there are several studies which indicate that most teenagers are sexually active. Thus, sexual information should definitely be discussed. Also, to say that discussions about teen pregnancy are 'sensitive' is highly debatable.
Parents also claim that they feel that their children will only learn information from 'experts' who will do nothing more than educate them. If you think that the truth will be out there, then you will realize that the media has been 'educating' teens for a very long time. One does not need to question the value of media in this respect, as it is an open and free society. In fact, many would agree that media does play a great role in our lives today.
But what about facts which seem to be unknown to most people? What about topics which are seen to be shocking by many? Should parents be warned that it is not a good idea to let their kids be exposed to them? Is the lesson of a career as a gun shooter or a suicide bomber enough to prepare kids for life in the world?
For many years I have studied medicine at a medical school in Toronto, Canada. My school has a two-year medical program which allows me to stay close to home for a few months while I finish my studies. Once the semester was over, I moved back to Toronto, Canada. I had no problem and was always approached by students who wanted to speak to me about what I knew about drug abuse and what I would say to them.
I have also volunteered as a counsellor at a camp for teens, where the topics of teen problems were tackled in a very frank and honest manner. It is these conversations that can greatly influence someone's personality. But before you rush to the pharmacy and buy drugs, think of the risks involved and be sure that your child has a well thought out, comprehensive program for all sensitive issues for teens. Just like you and I, your teen needs to be protected from dangerous, addictive substances.