How Does Parents and Society Help to Shape Teens Behavior?

By Martha Holden


Society plays an important role in shaping an individual’s character. It helps shape teens’ ability to live with other people, their ideas of wrong and right and their general outlook on life. As a parent, your influence is the strongest and often shapes your teen’s adult life, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Understanding the influence various aspects of society have on your teen helps you nurture your teen’s character and individuality.


Parents spend a lot of time with teens and influence them through their actions and words. Teenagers learn skills such as nurturing, socializing, and decision-making through observation and communication with parents. The relationship between teens and their parents influences their outcome in life. Involved parenting is more likely to prevent behavior such as drug and substance abuse or teenage pregnancy. Although teenagers may seem rebellious, they are likely to adapt the good behaviors as they mature.



The media can have a positive or a negative influence on your teen. Teenagers spend a lot of their time on the Internet, watching TV, reading magazines and listening to music. Negative influencers in the media include violence, hateful or vulgar language in movies and music, explicit sex scenes, gender, religious or ethnic stereotyping, and unrealistic representations of success and body image. Alternatively, the media is a source of information for teens. It helps create cultural, political and social awareness in teens. Teens also get a better understanding of their environment and society.


Friends create a community that influences the decisions that your teenager makes. Friends may challenge each other to become better individuals or influence each other to adopt negative behavior. According to Valarie Ulene, writing for the Los Angeles Times, the influence friends have on each other may affect a teen’s performance in academics and sports, socials skills and decision-making skills. However, you can help your teen develop self-confidence and a sense of individuality through involved parenting and continuous communication.



The community sets rules that help form your teenager’s ideas of right and wrong. Teenagers have a better understanding of acceptable behavior and consequences of doing wrong, as set by communal laws. This understanding may help your teen choose the right behavior to avoid consequences like imprisonment. The community also helps create cultural and environmental awareness. Additionally, teenagers learn to care for the environment, their neighbors and the less fortunate by interacting with various members of the community.


Kenya: Create local jobs for youth

In Summary

  • A new survey indicates that at least one in every three Kenyan youth wishes to go abroad to find a better job, escape poverty or get an education.

Some of the most heart-rending images of youth desperation in Africa are those of the dead asylum seekers in Mediterranean shipwrecks.

Also horrifying are videos of immigrants held in dehumanising conditions, especially in Libya, as they attempt to cross over to Europe.

Some have been battered and killed in attacks reminiscent of the Slave Trade atrocities.

Majority of the victims are from west Africa, where hordes of unemployed youth can only see hope overseas. Many have perished at sea, and yet the racket continues.

Last year, nearly 2,200 people lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean. Some 4,200 immigrants crossed to Europe in the first 16 days of this year but, obviously, found no paradise.

For those who remain in Europe, life will not be much easier than at home.


But East, Central and Southern Africa are also grappling with the problem of young restless people, who believe that their destiny lies beyond their borders.

Kenyan, Ugandan and Tanzanian authorities often intercept trucks clandestinely shipping youth in transit to South Africa and beyond.

A new survey indicates that at least one in every three Kenyan youth wishes to go abroad to find a better job, escape poverty or get an education.

The study, also conducted in 33 other African countries by Pan-African research network AfroBarometer, reveals that 35 per cent of Kenyan youth have considered going abroad.

But it, interestingly, found that the most popular destinations among potential migrants is neither Europe nor North America, but another African country.

That means the countries doing better economically will attract youth from their poorer neighbours.

The solution to the desire to emigrate is to create opportunities locally for youth. It is a common problem that calls for greater regional co-operation to boost development.

Source Daily Nation

Solving Nigeria’s rising youth unemployment

By Staff Reporter

The United Nations Environment Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (UNEP-EBAFOSA) recently stated that the biggest problem of African countries, including Nigeria, is youth unemployment. The UN agency also revealed that Nigeria must create 11 million new jobs every year to solve the problem.

The regional coordinator of the UNEP-EBAFOSA, Dr. Richard Munang, disclosed this at the UNEP-EBAFOSA Nigeria policy harmonisation meeting for the implementation of the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) and Climate Action in Abuja. The importance of the meeting, according to UNEP regional coordinator, is to help Nigeria implement its climate obligations in such a way that opportunities can be created for the youth. Munang also pointed out that Nigeria is even worsening the problem by importing tomato paste worth $360 million every year. Besides, Nigeria is reportedly losing N9 billion every year due to post-harvest losses. This is one challenge that African leaders must quickly resolve before the situation explodes. Also, the President of EBAFOSA-Nigeria, James Oyesola, reiterated that the youth should be engaged more now than ever before in view of the rising unemployment in the country. Available statistics show that the general unemployment figure in Africa is about 32 per cent with youth unemployment alone responsible for 60 per cent of it. In Nigeria, the 2018 NBS statistics point to 23.3 per cent unemployment figure with youth unemployment at over 40 per cent. Nigeria has about 98.3 million hectares of arable land of which 72.2 million hectares are cultivable. Regrettably, only 34.2 million hectares were cultivated. While over 53 million Nigerians remain undernourished, 65 per cent of Nigerians are food insecure.

We bemoan the rising youth unemployment in Africa, especially Nigeria, which has enough arable land for agriculture. At the same time, we commend the UN agency for bringing to the fore the rising unemployment problem on the continent and how it can be tackled through agriculture. Therefore, we call on Nigeria and other African countries to tap their agricultural potentials and create more jobs for the unemployed youths. We can go back to the era of groundnut pyramid, cocoa plantation, oil palm and rubber. We must also cut our appetite for foreign foods. Nigeria should stop the importation of tomato paste said to be costing the country a whopping $360 million yearly. It is also sad that the country loses N9 billion yearly due to post-harvest losses alone. The nexus between youth unemployment and the insurgency in the North East region of the country cannot be overemphasized.

Therefore, the government should rise to the challenge and create millions of jobs for the unemployed youths to stem the insecurity in the land. Government can only do this by diversifying the nation’s economy through agriculture and the development of the solid minerals sector. They should more investment in agriculture and the solid minerals to change the nation’s unemployment narrative. The continent is in dire need of resources to build her basic and critical infrastructure that can hasten its industrial development. It is sad that many countries in Africa lack basic infrastructure such as good roads, potable water, transportation and functional health and education systems.

African countries should exploit arts and culture as well as sports and tourism to create more jobs for the youths. These countries must invest in scientific and technological education. We say this because no continent or nation can develop without adequate knowledge of science and technology. For science to take root in Africa, African leaders must provide the enabling environment.

Therefore, there is need for these countries to pay attention to technical, vocational and entrepreneurial education with emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We believe that this kind of education can equip the beneficiaries with the necessary tools to overcome unemployment and even be self-employed. Nigeria should establish more technical and vocational schools as a way of solving the rising unemployment among her youths.

Source The Sun