What Youth and Teens Can Do
Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a friend who’s your age when things aren’t OK at home or in school.
Telling an adult about things that are uncomfortable and upsetting can be hard. That’s why as a kid or teenager, it’s important to be open to listening to and supporting your friends and other young people you know when they’re going through difficult times. You can be more than just a bystander, even though you’re not an adult. By stepping in, speaking up and supporting others, you’re also setting a good example for those who are younger than you.
You can help others who are experiencing bullying or domestic violence by reaching out, listening and offering support to those who need it, and by encouraging others to do the same.
If you know someone that you believe is experiencing abuse or neglect, reach out to them or encourage them to talk to a trusted adult such as a teacher, counselor, coach, family member, community center staff or youth group leader.
It feels good to give back and remember, volunteering isn’t just for adults. Nonprofit and other volunteer organizations are always looking for children and teens who are willing to join with their energy, ideas and perspective.
Another way that you can help others is by being a source of information. If a friend, family member or classmate is having a hard time, you can help them by pointing them toward resources available in your community or school. Here are a few examples:
Your opinion matters. You’re not an adult yet—but that’s one of the things that makes your opinion and your voice so important—you have a unique worldview because of your age and generation. Being a young person today is different from decades past, so it’s important to share what the world looks like through your eyes. Check out these videos to see how other children and teens are sharing their thoughts with the world.
If you are visiting this page because you are experiencing bullying or poor treatment at home, at school, or in a relationship, there are places you can go for help and information. Check out these websites: