How to Support Teens Social-Emotional Development.
According to a 2018 assessment, many high school students say their schools have not done enough to help them deal with stress, understand their emotions, and resolve conflicts, and fewer than half of graduates questioned believe they are prepared for life beyond high school. Many teens have been exposed to traumatic experiences, and the majority face daily life stresses. Violence and other traumatic situations can have a long-term influence on learning and may have a detrimental impact on academic success.
Bullying is a serious problem.
Teens may be subjected to bullying circumstances, including cyberbullying, which is particularly common among teenagers. Teens may engage in cyberbullying by sending hurtful messages or spreading rumors while claiming to be someone else on a social media account. Schools must provide safe spaces for teenagers to reveal when they or their friends are being bullied, and schools may even establish a hotline for kids to report bullying incidents.
Students require assistance in dealing with their emotions.
During their high school years, teenagers’ emotions run wild. The majority of people feel a variety of emotions, including rage, anxiety, frustration, disappointment, and sorrow. These emotions may obscure some of the larger difficulties that kids confront and, as a result, impair their academic achievement. Schools must provide a helpful atmosphere and training for kids, such as small support groups led by school counselors, clinical counselors, school psychologists, or social workers.
Encourage students to see themselves as their best selves.
Inviting students to imagine their perfect future is another method to help them understand who they are and how they want to be in the world. Students must answer the following questions in school: What is the finest life you can think of? Consider all of the aspects of your life that are essential to you, and so on. According to the researchers, it is critical to developing attitudes that dull the force of perceived threats to adolescent status and respect, and this activity can help students feel more in control as they clarify a picture of their future self.
Create chances for children to consider how they may contribute to something greater than themselves once they have practiced utilizing their character strengths and envisioned their future selves. Motivate them, listen to them, and give them sound advice.