Have you ever been concerned about your child’s self-esteem or confidence level? Many school-aged children today suffer from self-esteem issues of some kind. According to Psychologytoday.com, seven in ten girls reported that they feel they are not good enough or they are not satisfied with their appearance, performance in school, and relationships with family and friends. Research has also shown that young girls who have these low self-esteem issues are more likely to engage in self-inflicting wounds to be able to cope with their low self-esteem. It is important that people are more aware of their children’s lack of confidence and self-esteem to prevent them from endangering themselves. Many parents are oblivious to the idea that their children can cause harm to themselves due to a lack of confidence. It is very important to improve the self-esteem and confidence in students to increase performance in school and many different areas in life including relationships.
When students suffer in their education, they also suffer different areas in their lives including personal relationships, communication, emotional issues, etc. It is important that teachers and parents become more aware of their student’s behavior. Sometimes students do not show any signs or symptoms of insecurities. Some students try to hide their lack of confidence by trying to act like someone they are not. In addition, some students pretend to be okay around their peers, then go home and commit self-inflicted wounds to themselves to cope with all the stress of having low self-esteem. School in general can be a very stressful factor in students’ lives. Students face a lot of pressure with trying to keep up with their grades, homework and friends. Due to all these stress factors in a young person’s life, suicide has been the option for many. According to Centerfordiscovery.com, suicide has been the third-leading cause of death for people age fifteen to age twenty-four years old.
It is important that teachers and parents get more involved in the lives of their children and students. There are many ways that teachers and students can get more involved to find out how they’re child is doing emotionally. Spending time with is one thing that will help a parent understand what their child is going through. Teachers can also assist with increasing students’ self-esteem and confidence by encouraging more student-to-student interaction. There is a classroom discussion app that was created to encourage this type of interaction among students. Teachers should take the time to research some of these apps to incorporate in their day today routine for their students. Students learn best when they are interested in something. Nowadays smartphones have become one of the most popular devices young teens prefer.
All in all, it is very important to always be aware of your child’s emotional state and well-being. Sometimes you may not even know what your child is going through if you do not have constant communication with them. Young teens do a great job at hiding their feelings because they are too ashamed to speak of them. As the adult, it is your job to find ways to break through to your child and to help them in any way you can.