Adolescence is
one of the most rapid stages of human development. Adolescence is a phase in
life with specific developmental and health needs and rights. It is also a
period where adolescents develop knowledge and skills, learn to manage
relationships and emotions. According to Sacks (2003), the adolescent years are
between the ages of 10 and 19 years. Hormones trigger physical changes related to puberty. Cognitive changes are experienced
by adolescent and involve improvements in complex and abstract thought, and
also the development at varying rates in different parts of the brain. The
changes increase the propensity of risky
behavior among the adolescents because rises in sensating-seeking and reward
motivation precede increases in cognitive control (Shulman et al., 2016).

Adolescence can
be vulnerable. Today, adolescents are faced
with unique challenges and so is the society. Media has a great influence on
teenagers. Different forms of media such as computers, television, video games,
and social networking sites hugely impact
the life of an adolescent. If used well, media can be a tool to advance the
knowledge and skills of teenagers. Nevertheless, the information overload on
the media can cause serious concern. Television programs and social media sites
can confuse adolescents on sexuality and cause them engage in a risky sexual behavior.
Ashford and LeCroy (2009) argue that the rate of sexual activity among
adolescent has increased. There has been an increase in deviance among
adolescents and media has contributed. Acts of deviance include substance
abuse, alcohol use and violence among adolescents. Over 3500 studies conclude
that there is a relationship between increased levels of viewing violence in
the media and increased aggressive behavior among young viewers. Watching media
violence cause desensitization especially among children (Neinstein, 2008).

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The adolescents
are no longer characterized by age but by other complex issues such as
deviance. The challenges that adolescents face today affects their learning
outcomes. These challenges will affect the way I teach. All adolescents need
explicit attention, but it is important
to recognize that some adolescents are particularly vulnerable (WHO, 2018). Understanding
the difference between being a child and becoming an adult is key. Also, I will
work on understanding how this transition into adulthood is defined and
recognized in various communities. Humphrey and Schmalleger (2011), argue that
there are social forces that shape deviance and explain both its change and
stability. Social contexts influence deviant behavior among young people, and it is, therefore, significant to understand
it and to handle each case differently.  Although the order of various changes in
adolescence appears to be universal, the
speed of change and timing vary from one individual to another. Both the
characteristics of an adolescent and external factors such as a violent
upbringing, affect the changes. This will
also influence the way I teach and hence understanding
each individual, as well as the external
factors, will be efficient in my teaching practice.