Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems experienced by young people. In Australia, anxiety disorders are estimated to affect one in ten young people aged between 12 – 24 years old. Anxiety affects more females than males, which I think is interesting considering the social pressure girls feel in relation to their appearance and relationships.
Now they are teenagers they are faced with new threats, which they remain similarly unaware of. They think they know about cyber bullying, sexting, pornography, identity theft and the like, but they really haven’t lived long enough to understand the full impact of any of them. With the same intention, effort and dedication I had when they were young, I am now focusing my efforts on keeping them safe online.
This blog post has been inspired by a local high school teacher who has children of her own. She was having an interesting conversation with her son. Her initial question was “Why don’t teenagers read as much as they used to?” His response wasn’t that he didn’t want to, but that he didn’t have the luxury to be able to. He felt that there was too much pressure on teenagers to always be busy and productive.