The teen years are filled with immense growth–physically, intellectually, and emotionally. This is also a time full of confusion, for you and your kids. However, with some encouragement and motivation, you can help your tween or teen better deal with all that life throws their way. Here are some inspirational YouTube videos that you can watch together on some tough teen issues.
Bullying is a big problem with teens. Thousands of kids wake up each day afraid to go to school. Unfortunately, bullies pick on kids for many reasons, ranging from how they look to their social status and so much more. It is important to talk with your child about any issues that they may be having, whether it is at school or online.
Being the victim of bullying is a painful experience. This inspirational video shows how 10 bullied teenagers chose to make positive choices and change the world.
All It Takes Is One shares how Natalie Hampton, an anti-bullying activist and high school junior, created an app to help combat cruelty. Natalie’s mobile app, Sit With Us, was created so junior and high school kids do not have to eat lunch alone. Within the app, kids can post open lunch events or look for a table so anyone who desires to enjoy their lunch with their peers can do so.
A high school senior wants to inspire others to combat cyberbullying. She made a video after her friend was the victim of cruelty online. She wants anyone who has ever been subject to online bullying to know that they do not have to let the negative labels others give them to define who they are.
Nearly 20 percent of teens have depression. If you suspect your child may be depressed talk to them about it. Even if your kid is not depressed, it is likely they know someone who is, so it’s important to have these conversations.
You can watch this video together of a TED Talk featuring Hunter Kent, a high school senior who shares her story. Hunter battled depression for a majority of her teen years. She discusses how easy it was for her to hide her disease and how difficult it was to talk about it. Now Hunter uses her experience to give her peers the hope and encouragement that they need.
Abby is another teenager that shares her story of depression in this TED Talk video. This high school freshman talks about her battle with depression and how she now uses it help raise awareness.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 25. In fact, 1 out of 10 girls and 1 out of 18 guys in the US attempts suicide in a given year. So, while it may be a tough topic, discussing suicide with your child is important.
The teenage years are a time of learning about one’s self. This can come with a lot of uncertainty and when teens have trouble understanding who they are and what their value is, they can end up with self esteem issues. Providing your child with the tools they need to navigate their time as a teenage can make a positive difference. Watch this video with your teen for inspiration and self-esteem building tips.
In today’s world, being a teenager and the parent of one can be challenging. With open and honest communication, you can help your child navigate their way through this tough time.