The teenage years are full of growth, new experiences, and adventure. While the process differs hugely by gender, generation, and other circumstances, all teenagers can be expected to find a whole new experience throughout their journey into adulthood. While the process of growing up is often seen as fun and enriching, there are quite a few obstacles throughout the process as well.
Specifically, there are numerous topics that may be much too sensitive for teens to handle. Instead of directly approaching your teenage daughter or son about these topics, it’s a better idea to wait it out or look for alternative methods. Without further ado, here are the 10 topics that are a bit too sensitive for teens!
First and foremost, the idea of puberty is widely renowned as an awkward and sensitive topic to discuss with your teens and pre-teens. Not only does the process deal with certain physical changes that teens find embarrassing to discuss, especially with parents, but it also has to do with emotional changes that may be difficult to talk about.
As a parent, you should monitor your child’s changes in order to provide the right resources and new clothing items they need, but don’t feel the need to directly approach them about any awkward puberty talks. That being said, some things can’t be avoided. Just try your best to be cool and understanding in order to help your teen relax!
One of the major developments during the teenage years is sexual maturity, and with that comes a whole tirade of sex education and disease prevention, both of which are rather sensitive for teens to talk about with parents. However, according to research, teens are more likely to acquire STDs than older adults due to reasons such as lack of knowledge and experience. Therefore, while the topics of STDs may be too awkward and sensitive to discuss, you still need to ensure that your teen understands the dangers and methods of prevention. A good way to do this without making things tense is to find out if their school offers a sex-ed program. If they do, then there’s little that you need to worry about on the issue.
One of the most prevalent issues in this digital era amongst teenagers is sexting, or sending explicit, inappropriate images of oneself to a significant other or anyone else. In fact, studies have found that 1 in every 4 teenagers are sending sexts as of 2018. Although this topic is highly sensitive for teens, it’s relevant to their lives in a multitude of ways. Since nothing on the Internet is private and anyone can upload anything, it’s dangerous for both your teen’s career and reputation if they’re sending or receiving nude photos. However, directly approaching your teenager about the issue may sound accusatory and insensitive, so you should try subtle methods instead, such as leaving pamphlets or a program about sexting on television.
7 Gun Violence
With almost 2000 minors dying from gun violence every year in America, the danger is quite terrifying to consider for both parents and teens. It’s very probable that your child may know a classmate or friend who has been deeply impacted by gun violence, and the topic is much too sensitive to bring up at the dinner table. While every teen should be properly educated on how to handle emergency situations, it’s safer to leave that to their school’s lockdown drills and teaching programs. That being said, it’s important for you to show your empathy and support for your child if they ever choose to confide in you about traumatic events.
Sadly, bullying is still prevalent in today’s era amongst both young children and older teenagers. Countless kids suffer from bullying that results in bad self-esteem, self hatred, and even depression. With the advancements of the digital era, bullying has become easier than ever, with kids being harassed and tormented by strangers or “friends” online.
Although your child may be suffering from bullying, it can be quite difficult for teenagers to admit to it or even talk about it. For them, it could be a highly sensitive topic due to embarrassment and tension. With that being said, it’s important for you to show strong support for your teenager if they seem down, and comfort them without directly questioning about the reasons.
Unfortunately, the mental health of teenagers are often disregarded in many cultures around the world. However, this topic is quite relevant to the health and well being of your teenager. Shockingly enough, depression is the number one cause of disability in kids and teens over the age of five. With that being said, depression also tends to be one of the most sensitive topics for teenagers. Often, teens will feel guilty about being a burden to their parents and family, or they just don’t want to talk about the subject with you. Rather than asking about such a topic upfront, try showing them how much you love and support them through everything you do instead.
4 Relationship Issues
Dating is a part of growing up, and many teenagers go through at least one relationship while they’re still in high school. While relationships can be a fun and beneficial experience for your growing teen, their relationship issues can also be a super sensitive topic that they do not wish to talk about. However, with 1.5 million high school kids reporting physical abuse by their partner, relationship boundaries and problems are very relevant to focus on. Again, instead of interrogating your teen on their respective boyfriend or girlfriend, quietly observe their behavior and emotions to gauge how you can help instead.
Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States, and high school kids are at the crux of the issue. Recreational marijuana use amongst teenagers has increased over the years, and it’s important to realize the addictive quality of the drug and how it can negatively impact a developing brain. However, talks about marijuana with teenagers can often have the opposite effect desired, as teens tend to be highly sensitive about the issue. Plus, their parents are probably the last people teenagers want to talk to about drugs. Instead, make sure that their school has an effective anti-drug program, and talk to someone younger that your child trusts about discussing the dangers of marijuana.
2 Prescription Drug Abuse
Although marijuana is the most prevalent drug used by high school teens, prescription drug abuse is on the rise and can be more dangerous. In fact, about 10 percent of high school seniors reported taking drugs that they weren’t prescribed to them, which just goes to show the astounding size of the actual proportion of students who abuse prescription drugs. Not only are opioids highly addictive, but overdoses are more likely and the effects can be life-threatening. However, like marijuana, prescription drug abuse is a topic that teenagers are quite sensitive to, especially when it is brought up by their parents. Try having an older sibling talk to them about this issue instead, and carefully monitor their behavior to prevent addiction.
1 Alcohol Use
Finally, we have the topic of alcohol use. Since drinking is more widespread than smoking and taking drugs, alcohol is wrongly regarded to be safer. However, keep in mind that alcohol is the cause of more than 4000 deaths in minors in the United States, and it remains an addictive depressant that causes all kinds of problems in a minor’s development. However, teenagers are very touchy on the subject of alcohol. If you try to talk to your teenage son or daughter about alcohol, you may find that they instantly object and claim they’ve never drank before, rather than listening to you at all. Focus on showing them that safety is always first.