While there is absolutely nothing wrong with teens experiencing a little boredom, too much time on their hands with “nothing to do” can lead to trouble, like experimenting with alcohol and drugs or engaging in other risky behaviors.
Young people regularly buy and sell their gently worn jeans, shoes, prom dresses, etc. on these sites, and in return, they get discounted items or some cash in their pockets, along with a valuable business lesson – so long as it is done safely and the items being sold are appropriate. However, there is a dark side to these apps that parents need to be aware of and young people need to know.
Many young people consciously or unconsciously look to media to help them define who they are and what they want to become. Ideally, as parents, we would simply steer our children away from inappropriate media content and advertising. However, these ads represent a critical, teachable moment.
Communication is key to prevention and essential in building and sustaining a positive relationship with our children, students, youth group members, athletes, etc. While it is vital to have ongoing conversations on the topic of alcohol and other drugs with them, it is equally important to talk about the everyday things happening in their lives.
It’s June – which, for most teens, means summer break is either close at hand or has already begun! Parents need to watch for risky behaviors during these warm weather months because first-time alcohol use and drug experimentation hit their peak in the summer.