It's important for teens to become global citizens; learning how other societies behave is a critical 21st-century skill.At this age, teens may be trying to balance what it means to develop ethical standards with being accepted by their friends and peers.Continue to expose teens to a diversity of experience, ethnicity, race, and socio-economic situations.As teens start to look out to the world around them and experience different cultures, lots of challenging content gets introduced -- though teens are also able to think critically and distance themselves from the material emotionally.Video chat also needs strong boundaries, as do the videos that kids create and upload.
Be sure to explain the difference between cursing and hate speech or anything that demeans others.
And while many teens love a good scary movie, not all scares are created equal: Slasher films will still scare most kids this age (for good reason! At this age, many teens have matured physically, and some have become sexually active.
They can understand a range of sexual behavior, from normal to violent, so it's critical to talk with them about what they see and think, even though it can be a tough conversation.
At this age, "alpha dog" and "queen bee" behavior is the norm, but things can get dangerous when that tendency is paired with verbal or physical threats -- the way it's so often depicted in the media.
The violence that teens see in games, on TV shows, and at the movies needs discussion so that they don't "pose" violently in real life.