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Biggest Challenges High School Students are Dealing with Today

There are many pressures kids have in school these days. From vaping to prescription drugs to online bullying, kids in today’s world face challenges and potential hazards that were unheard of just a few decades ago. Here are three of the most significant issues that high school students deal with today.


This health hazard is an epidemic among many teenage groups. Recent crackdowns by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are aimed at limiting the amount of targeted marketing that can be done to vulnerable teenagers. The sleek and compact Juul device is particularly worrisome because teens can easily sneak its use. Fruit flavored Juul juice make this vaping device even more attractive to teenagers looking for a quick boost of nicotine. Many teenagers do not understand the risks of vaping, thinking that it does not contain dangerous nicotine. Additional danger comes from the development of “popcorn lung” which has been linked to the use of vape devices.

Prescription Drugs

The illegal use of prescription drugs for recreational purposes is a growing problem for many high schools in the country. The impacts of the misuse of prescription drugs on a developing teenager’s brain are vast. As with other types of mind-altering drugs, prescription medicine can negatively affect inhibition, perception, and judgment skills. This effect can put teenagers in a myriad of potentially dangerous situations. Parents and community leaders must do their part to ensure safe medication storage and disposal and monitoring of prescription drug usage in their teenagers. As with many teenage issues, education is vital in the prevention of potential problems.

Online Bullying

In today’s increasingly wired world, teenagers are more connected than ever before. The rise of social media use has presented a host of problems for teenagers trying to navigate a variety of personal situations. As a parent, it is essential to know how to talk about online threats to teens and protect them from these threats. School administration officials, other students, and adults in the community can do their part to prevent bullying by engaging in relevant dialogue and creating safe environments for teenagers to interact with one another. Students especially need to be encouraged to speak up and tell a trusted adult if they see instances of online bullying. Other students are usually the first line of defense of online harassment, making awareness of the problem key.

By promoting relevant discussion that leads to practical solutions, adults and teenagers can work together to alleviate some of the most significant problems that high school students face today.

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