Adolescence – Handle With Care

Adolescence is the tender age between 13 and 19 which is an evolutionary stage towards adulthood. Issues like puberty, sexuality, hormonal changes, drugs, alcohol, and changes in physical appearance, emotions and social roles haunt every single person. Adolescents achieve independence with triumph and regret. With this changing time, teenagers often get carried away with vast influence of the internet, television and social media. The effect is so unprecedented that adults fail in finding ways to educate their teens what is wrong and what is right. The pseudo-intellectuals present in every society take it very lightly believing their teens will learn everything from social media or the television. The internet has engraved so deeply in our daily habits that we now even tend to use only this as a medium to educate our children. I don’t advocate it to be wrong but the knowledge present in these media are widespread opinions of different cultures, peoples and countries which make a child learn what he feels to be right. IMG_20160202_000929There is no correct guidance as to what is right and what can just be used as an opinion and not as a part of acceptance or knowledge. The mild awkwardness between the adult and his child to talk about what is generally considered a taboo like sex and drugs often result scaring the teen for eternity. Peer groups, romantic interests and external appearance tend to naturally get an increase in importance for some time during a teen’s journey towards adulthood. And, if these issues don’t get the heed they need then we don’t have the right to reprimand our teens on any wrongdoing. An inclusion of sex education in schools is always an idea worth welcoming, but unfortunately, our politicians feel it being absolutely against our culture. Let me give an example here. Few days back I read in a newspaper that a girl who was physically molested during her teens actually filed an FIR regarding that after 5 years when she came to know that what happened to her was a crime and not a part of adulthood as her exploiter explained it to her. All thanks to the sex education she received at school. Speak and talk about the untalked. Avoid, ignore and detest  the stereotypes of society. If we want a better future for our children, let’s not neglect what our parents unknowingly neglected. This generation requires the knowledge but social media should not be the choice for this.

Speak and talk about the untalked. Avoid, ignore and detest  the stereotypes of society. If we want a better future for our children, let’s not neglect what our parents unknowingly neglected. This generation requires the knowledge but social media should not be the choice for this. Bridging the communication gap through interaction is the only permanent solution to this big problem.

Credits:
Words- Mayank Kumar
Art- Kashish Seth

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