The teen years are when your body begins to mature sexually. There are different ages at which people enter puberty, but it usually starts between 10 and 13 of age. Adolescence causes changes in thinking and the way you feel. Be open when your parents make an effort to talk with you about personal things such as sex, drugs, and friendships. It can be just as hard for parents to discuss these topics as it is for you.
Teens have a lot of school adjustments to make. From middle school to high school to college, teens vary widely in how they enjoy and adapt to school. You may get more involved in sports, art, and music. It may be hard to juggle everything that you want to do. A mentoring program, family member, school teacher or counselor can be a great resource.
Talk with your parents about sexuality, relationships, and values. Discuss things like modesty and commitment to another person. Remember:
No one should bully and no one deserves to be bullied. The goal of bullying is to humiliate the victim. Physical bullies may hit, pinch, kick, shove, bite, or pull a victim’s hair. Verbal bullies may insult, start or spread rumors, tease, and make threats. Sexual bullies may make sexual comments, threaten, or touch in unwanted ways, such as snapping a bra strap. Cyberbullies use the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text or pictures meant to hurt or embarrass another person.
If you are being bullied, or are depressed and feel that you could hurt yourself or someone else, talk to a parent, healthcare provider, or other trusted adult.
Except for the third molars, known as wisdom teeth, you should have all of your permanent teeth. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once per day. Have a dental checkup every 6 months.
These immunizations are recommended at 11 or 12 years of age:
If you have not received these immunizations, your provider may give you a catch-up vaccine.
An annual flu shot is also recommended.
You should have a routine checkup every year through the teen years. Routine check ups may include: