It's midnight, and your teenager is out late, again. A police officer calls with the news that your child has broken the local curfew, again. So a judge orders hours of raking leaves, picking up trash, digging ditches and sorting books at the local library-the municipal equivalent of getting grounded. Although it sounds like discipline more fitting of San Quentin than the south suburbs, village leaders in southwest suburban Richton Park aren't budging.
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Expand All. Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young. If your teen continues to use drugs despite harmful consequences, he or she may be addicted. If an adolescent starts behaving differently for no apparent reason — such as acting withdrawn, frequently tired or depressed, or hostile—it could be a sign he or she is developing a drug-related problem. Parents and others may overlook such signs, believing them to be a normal part of puberty. Other signs include:. Through scientific advances, we know more than ever before about how drugs work in the brain.
STRESS is one of the downsides of adult life, but it seems to be an increasingly common problem for teenagers, too. New research has found that 88 per cent of toyear-olds have experienced stress in the past 12 months, and the average teenager feels stressed twice a week. In two thirds of cases, this has led to symptoms of stress-related illnesses including insomnia, eating disorders and depression. The research, carried out by youth empowerment programme the National Citizen Service NCS , found it's not just teens who are feeling anxious — one in five year-olds report feeling stressed about their future plans. Lucie Russell, director of campaigns at the young people's mental health charity YoungMinds, says: "We shouldn't underestimate the huge amount of pressure young people are facing, especially at this time of year, which brings the uncertainties that come with a new academic year.
Child abuse includes physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse and neglect. Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. Most adults want to help but are unsure of how to get involved. Figuring out what to do can be a difficult and confusing process. If you think a child is being abused or neglected, you should report it as soon as you become aware of it.