Risky behavior in adolescence is not a new phenomenon. Over the course of time teenagers have always engaged in impulsive and risk taking activities which range from smoking, driving fast cars, abusing drugs and alcohol and sexual activity. Scientific studies show that the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed. Teens tend to use the frontal lobe of the brain more often. This part of the brain is associated with impulse control, pleasure seeking and risk taking.
While we here at Boys Town are not scientists, we are experts on children, parents and families. We have many resources to help parents deal with their adolescents risky behaviors. Please go to our website: www.parenting.org
You can also call our Hotline: 1-800-448-3000 to speak directly with a counselor. We are here 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Take care and best wishes to you!
Cynthia, Crisis Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
Risky behavior isn't a new phenomenon among adolescents. Risky behavior can be anything from eating without self-control to drinking and driving, both examples impact health and safety, either over long-term or directly. Much risky behavior isn't even willful, sometimes simply neglectful - like not remembering or bothering to wear a seatbelt while driving.
Below are a couple short articles about teens and risk behavior. The first offers some findings/explanations on brain development, which obviously would impact how a person sees and interacts w/ the world.
The second is about risk and internet use.
I also added a chart that covers risk behaviors specifically.