Week 1: Coping with Bullying (teens) Module

Week 4: Coping with Bullying (teens)

Week 5: Family Support and Assertiveness Skills

Week 6: Cyberbullying and Recovery Pathways

Typical Social Changes

  • During these years, most teens are searching for their self-identity and forming their self-concept as they navigate these new developmental changes. They need to know who they are, where they fit in this world and what they want to do with this life. Thus, they are exploring these concepts in order to develop rules and understandings of themselves, others, and the world. Some ways that teens may explore this is through things like fashion, music, groups of friends, and more. Social media, friendships, and more can shape teens’ choices and even family expectations. .
  • Teens seek more independence during this time. They like to decide where they want to go, what they want to buy or who they spend time with on their own. They may not enjoy when others interfere with their decisions because they are trying to establish their independence. However, this is also a time where they are placing great value in their peers and friendships. 
  • With these changes, teens tend to seek more responsibilities. This can be both at home or at school. They may take big roles in social clubs and social councils. Further, they may take responsibilities at home like taking care of younger siblings or cooking dinner or maybe doing dishes.
  • During this time of change, teens look for new experiences. At this time, their brains are rapidly developing. Thus, teens may be more likely to engage in risky behavior or even make impulsive decisions. This is a result of the frontal cortex of the brain continuing to develop into adulthood. This part of the brain helps control the way we act, reason, and control, so since this is not fully developed during adolescence, there may be more risky or impulsive behaviors.  
  • Teens start using social media more often during this time of their lives. They use different platforms to communicate with friends and learn about the stuff they are curious about. In addition, some use social media platforms to date and start online relationships.
  • Teens might start getting attracted to the opposite gender. They start to go on dates or maybe start relationships. These can be romantic relationships but not necessarily intimate. On the other hand, it is also normal to not start romantic relationships until later on in life.