Addressing Teen Summertime Anxiety
Summer is just around the corner! Teens will soon begin a much-deserved break from getting up early for school, tests, homework, and school activities. They can kick back, relax and just “veg out”, right? Not so fast. Technology and social media have transformed our society, creating a setting in which teens often experience difficulties, keeping them from connecting with and enjoying the environment around them. Increased free time often means more time spent on phones and mobile devices, with constant reminders of terrorism and economic turmoil, not to mention pressure to interact and maintain an identity on social media. During the school year, the structure of classes, homework and extracurricular activities helps to give teens a reprieve. And while summer should be a relaxing, sun-filled time of fun with friends and family, it can easily transform into an endless amount of time spent on cell phones and devices, possibly leading to more, rather than less, anxiety and depression.
Join us May 6 at 9:45am in the Community Life Center Café as we explore this topic and talk about what we might do, as parents, to prepare for summertime with our teens.