Reasons why young people and children self-harm. An excellent article and must-read. Please take the time to inform yourself and share with others who may be know someone who self-harms.
Powerful article for all parents to read and see! Don’t be blind to what your kids are doing. Talk to your teens about this subject. If they aren’t afraid of what they are doing, then you shouldn’t be afraid of talking about it.
This is a serious topic for parents… I urge you to watch and read about this. Statistic’s show that 9/10 pre-teens have downloaded porn. Our kids ARE EXPOSED to porn already. The question is, Did you know that and do you have a plan to intentionally discuss this critical subject with your kids?
The girls interviewed in this article estimate that 9/10 boys (pre-teen) have porn on their phones, and that 5/10 girls do as well. Parent’s if that statistic is a shock, please read on….
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The airbrush machine was running and the pigments filled in the cup. Slowly and methodically, the gun of the airbrush went up and down her arm showing the new skin color she so desperately wanted.
When she finished with disappointment again over her latest experiment, she went back to the cyber world and researched her next idea rolling around in her mind – How to bleach your skin.
Many nights I would hear her cry in her room. In her desperation and keeping secret from me, she would cut her arms to see if there was another color under her skin. Continue reading
“Do you shave your legs?” he asked. “No.” she replied. “Then you need to because you’re looking like a hairy monkey!” he responded.
That one comment started her journey into negative body imaging and low self-esteem for the next 5 years. She was only 10 when that comment was made. Little did she know that these words would change her perception of how she saw herself in a dramatic way.
Words like this have a lot of power in a young girl’s life. It wouldn’t matter if the male figure was 12, 15 or 20. A young girl bases her whole body on how the opposite sex views her if she doesn’t have enough self-esteem and self-respect for herself.
One moment. One comment. That’s all it took. Continue reading
Cutting. It is one of the fastest growing self-harm issues of today among teens. Many parents assume that it only happens among girls which is true to an extent, but as you look at the alarming statistics, boys also self-harm and are not too far behind.
Studies show that cutting can start as young as 7 but the average start is between the ages of 10-16. When high school hits, girls are three times higher. Cutting has been around for half a century or longer but it is now becoming more prevalent in our society.
So why do they cut? Each teen has different reasons for their cutting. For some it is stress at school or at home. It could come from bullying or personal family problems. It can be from abandonment or psychological sufferings that they are tormented with such as abuse, incest, rape, body issues, rejection and more. Any of these reasons can make them susceptible to self-harm but in the end, it is a form of control and coping skill. Continue reading