What was the stupidest, riskiest thing you’ve ever wanted to try? Did you attempt it? (Give students some freedom to share their stories without judgment. Be prepared to share your own youthful experience.)
Have you ever heard people refer to teenagers as dumb or impulsive? These impulses aren’t because teenagers aren’t intelligent, but rather because their brains haven’t finished developing. Because teenagers’ brains are still growing, they are a set of opposites. One minute you might feel insecure and unsure about life—and the next minute you feel like you can conquer the world.
- Research suggests that the teenage brain goes through many changes in a few short years. Besides science, why do you think teenagers are more susceptible to making questionable decisions? (Students might mention a need for attention, approval from peers, human nature, the desire to push back against authority, etc.)
Let’s watch a video that explains some of the science behind why teenagers can be more susceptible to making questionable decisions.
Show the following video to your students [2:20]:
Decision making and the adolescent brain
- Do you think boys are more prone to risk-taking than girls—or is that just a stereotype? (Answers will vary.)
- From your experience, where do most teenagers seek advice about their lives? Where have you sought advice in the past? (The Internet, peers, parents, and other trusted adults are all places teens go for advice.)
The Book of Proverbs shares some important insights into wise living, whether that involves money, friendships, temptations, how we treat parents, and planning for the future along with many others. But seeking wise counsel isn’t easy—especially when we often think we know best. Let’s check out what the Bible says about it!