Teen Rebellion Is Normal, Coronavirus Consequences Are Not

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July 31, 2020,

It’s natural for teens to be rebellious.

Even normal.

The helpful team at webmd.com educate, “All teens go through similar phases — the need for independence, a separate identity, testing authority. It’s part of growing up; it’s also linked to developmental changes in the brain that will eventually help them become analytical adults.”

Makes sense. We’ve heard it before. For decades.

The informative group at parents.com add, “Teenage rebellion and defiance are hallmarks of adolescence and can be difficult waters to navigate for families. Luckily, as with toddlers, in most cases, it’s just a phase!”

That is good to know. We kind of knew that too. The just a phase part.

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Having said all of that, even though teen rebellion is normal, these are clearly not normal times.

There is a virus out there and it is killing people. Even teenagers. The coronavirus is not something to rebel against. And yet, many young people are doing that very thing.

As reported at the daily news program today.com, “Many states have shut down bars, restaurants and other venues as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country. But private parties have been cited by officials as the cause for clusters of cases in states like Michigan, Florida, Oregon and New Jersey.

A house party in Middletown, New Jersey, has led to at least 20 teenagers testing positive, according to the Middletown Township Department of Health and Human Services.”

It is understandable that being sheltered in and social distancing is very hard on an age group that traditionally is very outgoing and social. Partying and being a teenager is synonymous.

Something else should be clearly understood.

Now is not the time to do that and yet many young people are.

Eyewitness News Seven shares, “Police in New Jersey say a large party with more than 700 people was broken up at an Airbnb over the weekend, with partygoers ignoring social distancing and mask regulations.”

The challenge for many is that since this pandemic is unprecedented, even those in leadership positions are having difficulty navigating through these uncharted waters. It is understandable that parents desire to compromise with teens and allow them to still have fun yet try and be safe.

One team that can provide a measure of guidance is the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These are the basics that everyone, especially teens should remember:

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There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

At cdc.gov they begin by posing questions, “Should I be freaking out about COVID-19?” and “Why can’t I hang out with my friends in person?”. You may be feeling worried, bored, or frustrated. COVID-19 is frightening, and you are not the only one feeling stressed.

While anyone can catch the virus that causes COVID-19 and people of all ages and backgrounds can get severely ill, most people have a mild illness and are able to recover at home. But regardless of your personal risk, it is natural to be concerned for your friends and family or about uncertainty and changes in your daily routine.”

It is good to know that most people who contract the virus will have a mild illness and recover at home. The operative word is most, not all.

CDC adds, “As a parent of a teen, you are beginning to see your child become an adult. These are critical years that will affect both their current and future health.

COVID-19 can look different in different people. For many people, being sick with COVID-19 would be a little bit like having the flu. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems.”

There is some relief in that information.

As far as social distancing goes, we still have some options.

Social distancing means staying apart physically. But we can stay connected electronically by talking, texting, and being together virtually.

Partying is often a summer occurrence. Now that school is about to start with some schools opening up to physical attendance, this raises additional concerns for teens.

It is great to get advice and help from many sources and now we turn our attention to Allstate Insurance. We know that we are in good hands with them.

The Return Concern: Teens Need Our Help Going into Unprecedented School Year

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Teens worry about mental health and their futures amid concerns of racism and COVID-19

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Whether it’s virtual or in-person, kids are uncertain, nervous and stressed about returning to school. And despite a global pandemic threatening their physical health, kids are coming face-to-face with the ‘Return Concern’ – making them more worried about their mental well-being than their physical health. That’s according to an Allstate Foundation survey of 1,000 teens (13-18 years old).

“Teens are paying attention. They are speaking clearly about their needs, and we must answer their call.  Social and emotional learning needs to be a priority right now,” says Allstate Senior Vice President Stacy Sharpe. “As a long-time champion of youth empowerment, we know skills such as empathy, stress-management and resilience are critical to young peoples’ success in life. That’s why we partner with leading non-profits to give families access to important social and emotional learning resources to prepare our youth – and the adults who support them – for the future.”

The Allstate Foundation survey also revealed potential drivers responsible for the challenges facing our youth:

Mental well-being vs. physical health

  • While nearly eight in ten teens (78%) say they are worried about COVID-19, they are more worried about their mental well-being (56%) than their physical health (49%).
  • The majority (62%) says anxiety keeps them from being the person they want to be.

Racial equity and making a difference

  • The vast majority (68%) are very worried or somewhat worried about racism.
  • Taking a stand on issues is very important or somewhat important (81%).
  • While about half (53%) say they feel empowered to create the change they want to see in society, only one in every three (33%) trust the people in charge to make the right decisions.

Current events

  • Teenagers are paying attention to the world around them as the majority (70%) say it’s important to stay up with the latest news.
  • Seventy-three percent say world events over the past six months have made them more worried about their future.

The Allstate Foundation and its nonprofit partners, like Wings for Kids, are offering free social and emotional learning (SEL) resources online to help families and youth navigate these challenges and relieve the Return Concern.

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“This year has turned so many lives upside down, but SEL skills are key to empowering youth with skills to be resilient and face challenges,” says Wings for Kids CEO Bridget Durkan Laird. “It is critical to help these youth manage their stress if we want them to flourish and succeed.”

The Allstate Foundation empowers young people – and those who guide and teach them – with skills and confidence to succeed in school, work and life. The latest SEL resources can be accessed at https://allstatefoundation.org/returnconcern.

*The Allstate Foundation survey was fielded by Morning Consult July 16-19, 2020 among a sample of 1,000 13-18-year-olds. The interviews were conducted online. Results from the full survey are unweighted and have a margin of error of +/- 2%.

SOURCE Allstate Insurance Company

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