Posts Tagged ‘Teenagers’

Many people especially teenagers are using the Internet as a form of social behavior replacing older methods of communicating between one another.

But when Internet considered as the place where younger generation could say not-so-nice things to one another, every parents start to worry on the fact that Internet could make they children’s behavior into Anti Social behavior.

Teens and Internet

Teenagers with Anti Social Behavior have become one of the biggest concerns for every parent, as a matter of fact it become one of the worst nightmare for every parents if they find out their child struggling with this kind behavior.

Therefore when the statistics appears in a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project said that nearly nine out of every ten teenagers have witnessed cruelty to others on social networks, every parent now have a reason why they should be concerned.

The survey also said that 88 percent of social media-using teens have witnessed other users being mean or cruel on social networks, and 25 percent have had an experience on social network that resulted in a face-to-face argument or confrontation with someone.

According to the study at California State University with social networks sites like Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, teens will eventually spending their times on these sites and this can cause them to develop and anti-social behavior.

The study by Larry Rosen, a psychology professor, also said that social media’s impact on preteens and teenagers seemed to have a negative effect on people in that age group.

He further said that social Media has infiltrated every aspect of daily life, and in each area could cause potential roadblocks.

For example, social media can really affecting their education.

Among the students who got lower grades in their school, said the study, most checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period.

Those who had Facebook open on their computers during that study period, lower reading retention rates were observed.

This is proving that checking your Facebook page and Twitter timeline while in a classroom will disturb teenager’s concentration.

Another disturbing behavior that found in the Internet is in a form of Cyber-bullying.

Hurtful comments or provocative remarks in the Internet is a usual thing that can be seen everywhere in Internet.

This negative activity can harm teenagers especially when the negative comments are addressed to them.

Then, what kind of solution that all the parents need to do in order to prevent their children to do such bad things to other and to themselves in the Internet?

Rosen said that parental website monitoring turn out wasn’t necessarily the answer.

“If you feel that you have to use some sort of computer program to surreptitiously monitor your child’s social networking, you are wasting your time because they will find a workaround in a matter of minutes.”

Rosen believes that parents should do more listening that lecturing when handling this type of situation.

Sexting has now become more common among teenagers than previously thought.

Statistics from a survey conducted by Tru-Insight, a global leader in research on tweens, teens and 20-somethings, have found shocking results in that 21 per cent of teen girls and 18 per cent of teen boys have sent or posted nude or semi-nude images of themselves.

Sexting also appears to be on the increase, a submission prepared by Australian charity The Salvation Army reveals that more than a third of under 18s in Australia have received a sexual text or image via their mobile or computer.

As more teenagers are using their mobiles and computers to communicate sexually, the concerns of parents and adults involved are rising.

Hugh Stevens, a member of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group, believes the growing number of adolescents sexting is due to their lack of knowledge of the circumstances,

“Sexting is a phenomenon where this communication has significant negative consequences, often beyond the thoughts of young people involved.”

The consequences leading to humiliation, harassment and bullying can be detrimental and life threatening to a teenagers health and well-being.

But high school student, Stephanie Tate, 17, thinks otherwise and believes that people concerned are over-dramatizing the issue and that teenagers are actually more aware of the matter than people think they are,

“Of course we understand and are fully aware of the consequences. Teenagers are smart enough to know that once something is sent you can’t get it back. Friends my age may send a text that could be sexual, but not a picture. I think parents forget that teenagers are growing into adults and are in an important stage of exploring their sexuality. But if we have gone too far, it’s a mistake that we must learn from.”


It’s the popularity and demand of new communication technologies that play an increasingly important role in the lives of the young, especially adolescents. The easy access to these devices coupled with the freedom of the social media and the internet create an open door for kids to be influenced by and act upon the provocative and sexual nature of what they see on screen.

Assistant Vice-Principal of the Alice Smith School, Tobin Connell, believes part of the media contributes to creating the normalization of this behavior of exchange to teenagers,

“What we see in the cinemas, and what is so easily obtained on the internet has no regulation, and it’s very, very difficult to try and keep ahead of that kind of game. The normalization of the, ‘Yeah, well everybody does it’ is a very, very scary concept, especially in educational circles because students aren’t mentally prepared enough to deal with the issues that are coming their way.”

Donald Strassberg, professor of psychology at the University of Utah states that, “These results argue for educational efforts such as cell phone safety assemblies, awareness days, integration into class curriculum and teacher training, designed to raise awareness about the potential consequences of sexting among young people.”

If you are a concerned parent or someone who is receiving uncomfortable messages, there are many helpful websites you can go to for support and information:

Uniting Church fighting for those most in need

Posted: October 1, 2012 by jessgeelong20 in Rural Events
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Despite living in the comparative safety of a rural community, teenage involvement with sex, drugs, alcohol and violence is on the increase and becoming alarming.

The Buloke Shire located in North West Victoria is confronting this problem and working along side the Donald Uniting Church to tackle this issue amongst youth within their Shire.

Reverend Margaret Russell and her husband John have been working within the community for several years and fund a variety of programs which provide support and advice for young rural children and their families.

“The people had been carrying the baton for the community over the drought; it must have been going for seven years since before we came. They were tired; they were struggling to a find a way to build people up, and when we had made our decision to come we thought one of the things we have got to try and do is make a difference. We just can’t be a church in four walls; we have got to make a difference at large,” said Mr Russell.

When John and Margaret first moved to Donald they noticed that the Buloke Shire only funded a youth worker, two and a half days a week.

During this time, Donald and surrounding areas had also suffered a number of accidents involving youth.

“We had some suicides and bad car accidents and problems with kids wiping themselves off with alcohol and we were between a brick and a hard place saying, how can we make a difference here,” Mr Russell said.

The Uniting Church applied for a Commonwealth Grant to enquire about youth and parenting around the Buloke region and to assist a full time worker for the youth program.

The Russell’s then applied to the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania to enable the funding of the Youth Worker full time.

St Andrews Uniting Church – Donald

“We were able to run health expos where they bussed in all the kids into Birchip and looked at healthy eating and all sorts of things such as sports, substance abuse, inappropriate sex and behaviour. At the end of that first two years it was so successful that we then asked The Synod for another grant for another two years. We were able to help fund the youth worker for four years and we really started to see a difference for the youth but there was still so much work to do,” said Mr Russell.

Better Health released a statement that young children in regional areas are more inclined to drink underage over those living in metropolitan areas.

But what is driving these children to push the limits of the law and become involved in these illegal activities?

“They don’t actually understand that drinking is meant to be sociable, to enjoy, to have fun and eat and have conversation. But this drinking to be numb is bloody sad and I see a lot of that,” Mr Russell said.

“I think the football clubs have made an effort in that direction to be more responsible about young people and drinking,” Mrs Russell said.

Julie Saylor, Youth Development Officer for the Buloke Shire has helped young children find alternative activities such as encouraging them to attend their local youth groups.

“The youth groups have all increased by tenfold, participation is high and young people that would never engage with a service before are actually engaging with a LGA which is not rare but it’s unusual. They are more inclined to want to work with community based organisations, but our participation rates has been fantastic and they are all involved in some level of all our programs,” Saylor said.

On March 2012, Saylor held a local youth freezer ‘Huddle for the Puddle’ at Birchip to help raise funds for the Charlton floods.

The Birchip Youth Group helped Saylor make this event a success having The Justice Crew as their main act.

“Since the youth group put on this event and even with all the after math of challenges it’s actually been quite positive because other shires are finally starting to see what young people and what our programs are doing. Even for all the challenges that the program has the other side of the program is that it’s quite well respected from funding bodies to other workers in other shires,” said Saylor.

The Buloke Shire and Uniting Church say they are not giving up on these children.

The programs set in place have enabled children to form a brighter future, one without violence, jail time and drug and alcohol abuse.

It is believed that this behaviour is a cry for help from other issues that are occurring at home.

“If we were to say what the worse thing we see is, yes we see alcohol and yes we see problems with sexual stuff, but the biggest thing is parenting. Being the parent the mother or the father wanting to be their son or daughters best friend rather than their parent,” said the Russell’s.

The Uniting Church has continued to sponsor the local football club and together with Donald football trainer, Colin Adams, John holds a breakfast before each football match for players that do not eat breakfast.

“They don’t come up and say XYZ but I know deep down that they feel the church really cares about them and their attitudes have changed tremendously. Our aim to get involved with the youth at football and in sport wherever was to not put bums on seats, it was to actually show that we care and we want to share God’s love with them in another way. That we will be there, have a presence, support them, do whatever we can do that’s within our power and try to make a difference and I think we have done that,” the Russell’s said.

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