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Growing up too fast?

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Ariana Alvarez

on 14 October 2014

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Today, young millennials are consumed by drugs and alcohol, social media and teen pregnancy. The problem is children
growing up too fast
! The lack of authority to discipline these kids is an additional issue. With the limitless access to social media provided by technology, kids are more exposed to content that results in adult behavior. So how do we solve these problems?
Social Networking
3 out of 10 teenagers will become pregnant before reaching the age of 20.
Texas has the third highest rate of teenage pregnancies in the nation.
Hispanics have the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the nation.

Teen Pregnancy
Growing up too fast?
How technology influences kids today.
Drugs and Alcohol
Today, younger children are being exposed to the world of technology. What are the changes in technology can you compare to your childhood? -Ariana
How young is too young? When did childhood something to leapfrog through? -Nick
Are you aware of what kids are accessing online?
Are kids growing up too fast with the use of technology? -Bertha
A USA Today survey found that teens say ads have a greater influence on their desire
to drink in general than on their desire to buy a particular brand of alcohol.

Alcohol advertisers spent $2 billion on alcohol advertising in measured media (television, radio, print, outdoor, major newspapers and Sunday supplements) in 2005

Alcohol Advertisement
Prescription drugs
Cocaine and Heroin
Emotional Problems
Behavioral problems
Learning problems
Risky Sex
Brain Damage
Effects of Drug Abuse
Top five most abused drugs by teens are:
Consequences of Teen Pregnancies
More than half of teen moms do not graduate from high school.
Less than two percent of teen moms obtain a degree.
Teen pregnancy cost tax payers billions through public assistant programs, foster care, and health care.

Causes of Teen Pregnancies
Absent parents.
Lack of sexual education
Lack of access to contraception
Peer pressure
Drugs and alcohol
Media influence
Teen Pregnancies Sources
Alcohol Advertisement
How Alcohol Affects Teen Pregnancy:
•Possible miscarriage
•Possible stillbirth
•Child learning and developmental delays
•Child speech and hearing impairments
•Abnormal facial features at birth
•Damage to the infant's central nervous system
•Behavioral problems for the child

As for teens, open communication between teenagers and parents is vital. Parents need to talk to their teens about the struggles with alcohol, drugs and pressures to have sex. It is important to help the teen understand that they are not alone and can always seek help from a parent or trusted adviser.
Types of Social Media
Google +
According to a survey, a child’s social media development begins aged nine and over the next four year period, their internet activity evolves from simply viewing content online to being active on social media.
Kids & Social Media

59% of children have already used a social network by the time they are 10, & 43% have messaged strangers online by the age of 12.
Facebook 52 per cent of 8 - 16-year-olds admitting they had ignored the official age limit.
SnapChat has a minimum age policy of 13, but does not require an age on signup, so younger children would need to be reported to the app.
At nine, children first access YouTube and will use a mobile or laptop.
Twitter at age 12
SnapChat at age 13,( try sexting for the first time)
Some potential benefits are:
Staying connected to friends
Developing new social contacts with peers with similar interests
Sharing content of self-expression such as art work, music and political views
Developing and expressing your individual identity
Social Networking Sites play an important role in the lives of many young people. Over 60% of 13-17 year olds have at least one profile on a social networking site, many spending more than 2 hours per day on social networking sites.
Online social networking can involve new risks such as:

Bullying online "cyber bullying"
Sharing too much information
Vulnerability to predatory adults
Sharing photos or video that you later regret
Exposure to large amounts of commercial advertisements which may not be age appropriate
Risk of identity theft
Reduced amount of time for physical activity
College Students
Over Use of Technology Effects
Teaches motor skills
Teaches cause and effect
Limits creativity and imagination
No social interactions
Not enough hands-on time
Over stimulation
Too much sedentary time
Movement, touch, human connection, and exposure to nature are necessary factors for healthy child development.
Limit a child's time use of technology. Establishing limitations now, can influence future habits. Have your kids be active. Two to three hours of active play help developing minds.
I was quiet, a loner. I was one of those children where, if you put me in a room and gave me some crayons and pencils, you wouldn't hear from me for nine straight hours. And I was always drawing racing cars and rockets and spaceships and planes, things that were very fast that would take me away.
-Gary Oldman

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
-Eddie Cantor
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