|Teenagers and rebellion go hand in hand. Unfortunately, some teen's rebellions become dangerous. Learn how some teens turn to drugs, sex and crime as a way of rebelling against their peers, parents, religion and society. Also, find out about constructive ways teens can declare their independence without causing harm to themselves or others.
1) Rebellion will be defined and students will find out why they feel the need to rebel.
2) Students will learn about the use of drugs as a means of rebellion and find out the negative effects drugs have on the body.
3) Sex as a form of rebellion will be discussed along with the physical risks associated in engaging in sexual activity.
4) Using crime as a form of rebellion will also be discussed in addition to the consequences students can face if caught engaging in a criminal act.
5) Positive alternatives to teenage rebellion will be given.
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With lively vignettes dramatizing the information, a narrator explains that some teens engage in dangerous behaviors in their desire to define themselves, make their own choices, and not be boxed in by rules they had no part in making. Lack of communication, or miscommunication with responsible adults often triggers these rebellious actions as teens seek to provoke adults and get their attention. The narrator points out negative behaviors and possible disastrous consequences. All major points are listed onscreen so teachers can stop the video and elaborate on them. In their efforts to outrage adults and defy social conventions, teens may abuse illegal as well as legal drugs. Serious health consequences include damage to major organs and even death. Teens indulging in casual sex also face grave health risks, possible pregnancy, as well as emotional consequences they are unable to cope with. Crime, including violence, is an extreme form of rebellion which may have long-term negative consequences. Teens can show maturity by setting positive goals for education or a career and working to achieve them. Clubs, sports, and creative activities are also touched as ways to follow interest, make friends, and feel a sense of belonging. With its broad content, this program can serve as a reminder of the negative consequences of poor choices and is a good introduction to these problems that can be elaborated upon in the classroom.
SOURCE: School Library Journal, December 2003 Issue
AUTHOR: Anitra Gordon, Lincoln High School, Ypsilanti, MI
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal Copyright ©
By Cahners Business Information
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