Teens' interest in new experiences and the pursuit of strong emotions may include positive risk-taking behavior, such as trying new tricks at the skate park. This risky behavior peaks around 15 to 16 years of age and tends to decline in early adulthood. Today's teens are exposed to more risks than ever before. From online bullying and school shootings to alcohol and opioid abuse, teens have higher stress levels than in previous years and rising suicide rates.
In addition, there are negative risks, such as alcohol and drug use, unsafe driving, violence, sexual relations and depression, which concern parents and cause problems for communities. In fact, studies suggest that half of all behavioral risks first appear during adolescence. It's normal for teens to push boundaries and take risks. Teens' risk-taking is an important part of their journey to find their identities and become independent young adults.