Teens now have a different set of problems than they did when their parents were children. However, one thing that remains the same is a teenager’s need for friendship and acceptance in school and other social arenas.
What social worries do teens face?
Teens face a number of social worries. In middle school and high school, fitting in is important – being an outcast or feeling unaccepted by peers can lead teens to grow to hate school and can even lead to more serious problems, like depression or aggression.
The following are some of the social worries teens face in middle and high school:
•Not having any friends. This is every teen’s worst fear. Teens who move to a new school find this to be a particular challenge, as do teens who start high school and find out that the majority of their friends have different classes and lunch periods. Teens need friends to associate with, have fun with, and get advice from. A teen’s social network is very important to him or her.
•Not having anyone to eat lunch with. This may sound silly, but lunch can be a dreaded time in high school when it seems like everyone has a friend or someone to eat lunch with but you. No teen wants to be alone during lunch period.
•Being made fun of. High school can be a brutal time. Most people get picked on a little bit at some point, but for some kids, being picked on can cause permanent psychological scars.
•Fitting in. Teens often worry that they will not “fit in