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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
BY ALEXA BEAULIEU | St. Petersburg High
Okay, we admit, the mind of a teenager is complicated, way more than that of an adult. • There are many times when our parents just can’t grasp what we’re saying. So many times, as a matter of fact, that we’ve made a list of things they don’t understand, no matter how much we yell to try to make them.
• That we are obsessed with Facebook. Isn’t it obvious? You can stalk people without risk, brag about vacations and parties and message friends even faster than over text.
• That we have just as much work as them. Paying bills? Whatever. We’re taking seven classes, each of which requires a ton of work, including classes adults admit they couldn’t pass. How is one job easier than seven?
• That we don’t care if our rooms are messy. It really doesn’t bother us. Repeatedly asking us to clean them is what bothers us.
• Why having a smartphone is so necessary. Please refer to No. 1. Necessary status updates and Instagram posts, hourly.
• That it is possible to socialize on video games. Yes, Mom, we have friends. See this headset? Yes, I’m talking to them right now on it. Now, could you please get out of the room before a zombie eats me?
• Our music choice. Yes, rap is a type of music. So when we turn it on please stop complaining about the “awful noise.”
• Sometimes, we NEED to be alone. No mother-daughter bonding, or father and son outing. It’s good to lie in bed and do absolutely nothing. Maybe you should try it sometime.
• Why we don’t tell them “what’s happenin’?” Sure, they were teenagers once, but would they really understand if we said “my boyfriend changed his relationship status to 'single’?”
• Our entire vocabulary. Our generation obviously has its own phrases and words. No parent knows what “ratchet” is. Not to mention the whole texting language.
• That our generation has a ton of pressure. Seriously, we’re being given college prep our freshman year. Not one of our parents could relate to the competition of succeeding in today’s society. Lucky us.