It is also important for parents to watch for behaviors that might indicate their teen is a victim of bullying or violence―or that their teen may be victimizing others.
If bullying, violence, or depression is suspected, parents should take immediate action, working with school personnel and other adults in the community.
For example, research has shown that in schools with LGB support groups (such as gay-straight alliances), LGB students were less likely to experience threats of violence, miss school because they felt unsafe, or attempt suicide than those students in schools without LGB support groups.Positive parenting practices, such as having honest and open conversations, can help reduce teen health risk behaviors.Parents who talk with and listen to their teen in a way that invites an open discussion about sexual orientation can help their teen feel loved and supported.Parents should have honest conversations with their teens about sex and how to avoid risky behaviors and unsafe situations. Parents who take time to come to terms with how they feel about their teen’s sexual orientation will be more able to respond calmly and use respectful language.Because of dating, teens have a better understanding of how affection and intimacy function within a relationship, according to Gateway, a publication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that is dedicated to teen issues.
In turn, they are better able to interact with others, distinguishing intimate feelings from companionate ones.He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences.Dating has many positive benefits for teens, even if they easily get carried away with romantic feelings.For youth to thrive in schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused school absences among LGB students.Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health.