Growth and Development, Ages 15 to 18 Years - Promoting Healthy Growth and Development
Violence and teens
Prevent teen violence by being a good
role model. It's important to model and talk to your child about healthy relationships, because dating abuse is common among teens. For example, talk calmly during a disagreement with someone else.
Help your teen come up with ways to defuse potentially violent situations, such
as making a joke or acknowledging another person's point of view. Praise him or
her for avoiding a confrontation. You might say "I'm proud of you for staying
calm." Also, to help your child limit exposure to violence, closely supervise the websites and computer games that he or she uses.
For more information on teen violence, see the topics
Bullying, Domestic Abuse, and/or Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior.
Reduce the risk of teen suicide and
recognize the warning signs. If your teen shows signs
depression, such as withdrawing from others and being
sad much of the time, try to get him or her to talk about it. Call your doctor
if your teen ever mentions suicide or if you are concerned for his or her