Everyone has once been young. But everybody hasn't gone
through this difficult period in life the same way. Which
possibilities and living conditions have teenagers nowadays?
Some people think that you leave childhood when you
become a teenager, and that you are still young up in your
twenties. I don't think there are exact limits that tell you
whether you are young or old. According to christian tradition
one is considered adult after the confirmation, but I wouldn't
call fifteen year-olds adults. At that age, they're still not
ready to handle the consequences of their own actions. When
you are eighteen, you are considered an independent
individual, and have all juridical rights, such as driving a
car and the right to vote. You are also bound to serve in the
military. Nevertheless, one can't buy spirits before the age
of twenty-one is achieved.
Now, more than ever, fashion seem to dominate the youth's
everyday. Perhaps the reason is that they feel insecure and
think that the 'right' clothes will give them a feeling of
being accepted by the group. This phenomen has a negative
side. What if a pupil can't afford to buy these clothes? Will
he or she be excluded from the gang? Some schools in various
countries have tried to solve this problem. They have
introduced a rule that allows pupils to go at school only if
they are dressed in a specific school-uniform. But many
students don't like these uniforms. They want to decide for
themselves how to dress.
During the last years it has become more usual for
parents to divorce. Some people think that this conflict may
have a positiv effect on kids, because the children get a
bigger family to hold on to. Others think the opposite. But it
is obvious that...