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An opportunity to be equipped

March 8, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

For years, parents have had difficulties understanding and connecting with their teenagers. In today's world, the list of problems teens face is ever growing.

Recently, Elkins Middle School students participated in an informal survey in which they ranked their worries. The results - some of which are alarming - indicate that their primary concerns are violent relationships and bullying. Another poll, the Randolph County Pride Survey, reveals that children as young as age 11 have consumed alcohol, and 34.5 percent of seventh-graders find the substance "fairly easy or very easy" to obtain. Additional results show that 34.1 percent of those surveyed say they have threatened a fellow student.

Every decade seems to have its share of distinctive issues that affect teens. Our current time is no exception, and in fact it appears to have ushered in a whole new slate of trends.

Helping teens cope and steering them in the right direction in preparation of their adult lives is important to parents and every member of the community.

On Monday, the Parent Information Summit will be hosted from 4 to 6 p.m. at Elkins Middle School. The event will include displays and discussions. While there is no charge to attend, everyone owes it to our youth to be better informed and equipped to lend support.



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