Bullying has been a nationwide issue for as long as we can remember, and recently people have been making an attempt to stop it. Bullying has caused many people to lose any trace of their social life, and sometimes even their lives. However, it is not as simple as some may think it to be. Bullying can be caused by certain things such a jealousy, or maybe someone is holding a grudge. No matter the cause, bullying can take many forms, including verbal bullying, physical bullying, and cyber bullying. These different forms can be either short term or long term. Verbal bullying is when someone insults another person, or insult things that person likes or holds close to themselves. Physical bullying is the physical harassment, of another individual, it can cause severe injuries and is generally one of the worst forms of bullying. Cyber bullying is when someone harasses another individual over the internet, using comments and pictures to make them feel bad about themselves. It is an extremely dangerous form of bullying, because the bully can hide behind an anonymous mask. Cyber-bullies can take photos of someone, and post them without their permission, which under certain circumstances is an extreme form of bullying. Although these forms of bullying can be harmful, there are many foundation that have been created to prevent it, such as pink shirt day and the E.R.A.S.E. foundation, which can be used to prevent bullying.
Due to an increase in obesity, a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever before. Leading a healthy lifestyle can be viewed in two main subjects: eating healthy and exercise. Eating healthy is very simple, but can also be very difficult. Some of the easiest ways to eat healthy are to follow the Canada Food Guide, and to create a meal plan for yourself. Following both these steps can ensure that you get proper nutrition in your system. Eating healthy is important to everyone, as it ensures that they live a healthy and happy life with a fit body. Eating healthy and participating in physical activity is shown to reduce stress, and increase happiness. Personally, healthy eating is very important to me to ensure that my body is always in its best condition, so that I may excel in any area that I choose.
Many people are extremely focused on things like money and appearance to maintain a happy life, one of the key elements to living a healthy and happy lifestyle is to maintain stable relationships. The use of communication can be one of the best ways to maintain a healthy relationship. A healthy relationship can range from family members to friends, and it is essential to maintain relationships with these people. If you communicate properly with them, a healthy relationship can be easy to maintain. However, when used in the wrong way, communication can lead to unhealthy relationships. An unhealthy relationship can be harmful and dangerous, so you must be able to see the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship. Unhealthy relationships can be seen by mean, abusive and controlling behaviour. If any of these signs, or similar signs, are seen in a person you are having a relationship with, the best thing you can do is try and get out. Communication is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship, but only if it is used properly.
In today’s high schools, drugs and alcohol have become more of a cool thing to do, rather than a health risk. Two of the most prominent health risks in a teen’s life today are binge drinking, and gateway drugs. Binge drinking is when someone consumes large amounts of alcohol over a very short period of time. Binge drinking is classified by the U.S. as a male consuming five or more beers within a short period of time. The health risks are tremendous, ranging from a lack of concentration to alcohol poisoning. A study showed that a fifteen year old drinker had substantially less brain activity than a fifteen year old that did not drink. Yet, many teens still participate in this dangerous activity. Gateway drugs, such as marijuana, are drugs that introduce people to even more potent street drugs. Many teens today smoke marijuana, commonly known as weed or pot, which can quickly lead them into more addictive street drugs, such as heroin and ecstasy.
It seems that as the years go by, the young society becomes more and more desensitized to the need to preform safe sex. Although most people would say “I use a condom, so it’s safe,” what they don’t realize is that using a condom does not mean that you have guaranteed protection. Condoms are extremely thin, and can actually be broken quite easily. Even the tiniest tear that is barely visible to the human eye can lead to pregnancy, or an STI. Teens and adults alike need to learn how to properly open and apply a condom, to ensure that there are no breaks. Should the person be careless, and the condom breaks, you may as well not be wearing any protection at all. Although condoms are advertised as the solution to safe sex, people need to realize at a young age that sex is still a large risk, even when you put a condom on.
Teens and general youth today face countless issues. Bullying, healthy living, relationships, drugs and alcohol and STIs are only some of the barricades that nearly all youth will have to face at some point. Many of these issues can be extremely dangerous, however with proper education and precautions, we can make the youth of today much more knowledgeable, and therefore making the world a safer place for them. Although the world may be dangerous, if we just take the proper precautions, everything can be made a whole lot safer.
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