You may find it hard to juggle everything that you need or want to do at school and after school. A mentoring program, teacher, or counselor can serve as a great role model.
Your body is maturing sexually. In addition to changes in your body, you may notice changes in the ways you think about things and the way you feel. Be open when your parents make an effort to talk with you about personal things like sex, drugs, and friendships. It can be just as hard for parents to talk about these topics as it is for you. Talk with your parents about sexuality, relationships, and values. Discuss things like modesty and commitment to another person. Remember:
There are different types of bullies. Physical bullies may hit, pinch, kick, shove, bite, or pull a victim’s hair. Verbal bullies may insult, start or spread rumors, tease, or make threats. Sexual bullies may make sexual comments, threaten, or touch in unwanted ways, such as snapping a bra strap. Cyber bullies use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or pictures meant to hurt or embarrass another person.
No one should bully and no one deserves to be bullied. If you are being bullied, or are depressed and feel that you could hurt yourself or someone else, talk to a parent, healthcare provider, or another trusted adult.
Limit screen time (computers, tablets, TV, videos, cell phones) unrelated to schoolwork to 2 hours a day. Spending a lot of time on the computer takes time away from other activities, like homework, sleep, exercise, and face-to-face time with friends and family. It also increases your risk for obesity, sleep disorders, and attention problems.
If you are sharing information about yourself on social media, post only information that you want everyone to see and know about you. Many people can see this information, including your parents, your teachers, the police, the college you might want to apply to next year, or the job you might want to apply for in 5 years.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. See your dentist for a checkup every 6 months.
Immunizations protect you against several serious, life-threatening diseases. You should get a flu shot every year. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you are up to date on all recommended vaccinations.
You should have a routine checkup every year through the teen years.