Meet a few more of my teen interns and writers…

Nate

Age: 16

City: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Chinese

Favorite Place to travel: between the Negev and the Golan (both places in Israel)

Least favorite thing about High School: Homework and Tests.

Most Favorite Thing About High School: All of the technology classes, Tech theater, and my friends.

He also has an awesome blog called Nate Rocks!

Samantha

-Grade: 12

-Home State: California

-Favorite movie: Sweet Home Alabama and P.S. I Love You

-Favorite website: TeenVogue.com and Forever21.com

-Favorite topic to write about: Fashion

-Biggest misconception about teens: “Teens don’t know….” I can’t count how many times I have heard the expression “Teens don’t know…” It commonly is said when parents are talking about the teen generation and how teens don’t know how the teen world is. Newsflash: We Are the Teen World. The misconception of our age and how we go about our day in the teen world, and how we should play a part in that world is built up by this image and understanding by adults on how teens should be in society.

-What you wish all parents knew: We don’t mean to make you hurt sometimes, we are immature and are still learning; developing into mature young adults.

-Hello my name is Samantha. I’m a 17-year-old aspiring fashion journalist who lives in the O.C.

Her Comments on Peer Pressure:

As a 17-year-old approaching senior year, I have been peer pressured into doing alcohol, drugs, stealing, you name it. Out of all those “pressures” I have said NO every time. The “peer pressuring” doesn’t matter. It’s the decision that you make that matters.

A lot of times parents are confused at why their child had said “yes” and had made themselves another victim of peer pressure. Its that question of “what are we doing wrong” that seeps into their mind. The real reason why teens give in to peer pressure is to vamp up their image.

We want to feel cool and daring, so instead of saying “No” we push aside the guilt and the shame and give in, in the hopes that are parents would never find out, and that our friends will never forget about “that one time” and never let you live it down.

The media plays a big part into peer pressure. Johnny Knoxville’s, “Jackass,” is a television series/movie that is filled with the peer pressure. Knoxville, along with his associating partners in crime, play violent/hurtful pranks either on themselves or others.

This sense of comedic reaction to these pressured pranks, allows teen viewers to not only laugh at their stupidity, but at the general acceptance of committing these violent/hurtful pranks. Having talked with my parents on peer pressure and knowing that saying “No” is ok has made it easier to refuse peer pressure and not feel ashamed.

There are many ways to say No. Some effective ways would be:

-to blame it on your parents and say, “if they ever found out they would kill me and I don’t want to take any chances”

-blame it on your sports-“I can’t. If (coaches name) found out, he/she would kick me off of the team.”

There are many ways that teenagers can say no and feel good about themselves, and not want to hide in a closet, to get away from the name-calling. As for the parents, the best way to praise the “No” is to:

-be open with their teen.

-Let them know the consequences of peer pressure.

-Help them learn from their mistakes.

-Don’t be so quick to judge, listen to their reason why they did what they did.

I promise you, peer pressure won’t be an issue if communication with parents and teens is open and uncensored.

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