One important thing to always bear in mind when dealing with Adolescents or teenagers is that they like their privacy and want to be autonomous. A lot of them have a sense of invincibility at this age due to the tremendous amount of hormones and energy that circulate in their bodies. Most of them lack real life experience due to their young age and so are frequently vulnerable.
Adolescent: 12-18 years
This special group has their own needs and vulnerability. Knowing these will help any parent or guardian be more prepared in protecting the child and if missing, will help identify the child’s weaknesses.
At this developmental age children reach
Injuries & prevention
The most common injuries (75%) in adolescents are sustained from:
Other causes of injuries are:
The above are some of the general characteristics of a normal adolescent with individual variations.
The first thing is to understand what and how an adolescent is growing in order to protect them from problems.
As stated above, at this age the adolescent is very involved with peer group who may become the most important group that the adolescent is loyal to.
Therefore it is important to know an adolescent’s friends, where they hang out, what kinds of activities they may be involved in etc.
I mean, it is important to have all contact information of close peers on record just in case something happens and a parent or guardian has to locate a child.
One thing that is very important when searching for a lost child is that you, the searcher, must make it a point of duty to protect yourself from harm so that you’ll be available to look for the kid.
Seek help early. As soon as you suspect that a child is missing, contact law enforcement(police).
Law enforcement works to protect the public but remember that the main burden lies on the parent or family member. You must be on top of things so that your case is not shelved off sight.
Next, locate your list of child’s friends and family contacts and start calling or contacting them. Check child’s school. Set alarm in motion. Do not be intimidated to keep silent. Let others help you by alerting everyone you can reach. It is better to have your child back than be concerned about the stigma of being worried. I know, the kid may even revolt on your constant concerns, but that is really the cost of parenting or bonding. So, you cannot rest, you cannot stop until the end good is met. Give your child a chance to mature enough to care for her/himself.
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