Why We Need Teenage Shelters

Monday, 25th July 2016 4:40 pm

A number of councils have erected teenage shelters near sports grounds to encourage teenagers to leave the streets and congregate somewhere less disruptive.  There is evidence that teenage shelters reduce youth crime in city centers.  Most teenagers meet on cold corners and isolated bus stops so that they can enjoy each other’s company, without the interference of adults.  Teenagers’ brains are programmed to be moody, rebellious and indifferent to their parents’ so it is only natural that they want to be out with their friends.

The Teenage Brain
The hormonal surges that initiate changes in a teenager’s mind and body trigger major leaps in development that are similar to a toddler’s. Unfortunately tantrums are much harder to deal with when your teenager is taller than you.  Teenagers are impulsive and argumentative because their frontal lobes are the last part of the brain to mature into adulthood.  All of their thought processes travel through the amygdala part of the brain, which reacts instantaneously and emotionally to any stimuli find more. Teenagers’ brains are complicated because they want to act tough but are emotionally vulnerable and they find their parents embarrassing but feel isolated if ignored.

Somewhere To Go
Teenage shelters provide the perfect solution for disgruntled and confused children who need to spend time with their friends away from their parents.  Studies have shown that it is as important for teenagers to socialise with their friends as it is for them to study for their exams.  Large friendship groups benefit teens in the following ways; a sense of belonging, a sense of security, a chance to discuss body changes and emotions, allows them to experiment with their identity and they are able to experience relationships for the first time.  All of these skills will help them to forge connections in the workplace, make and maintain friends and embark on positive relationships.  If a teenager spends hours on social media alone in their bedroom they must be encouraged to spend time with their friends, as isolation can lead to depression and low self esteem.

Benefits Of Teenage Shelters
Apart from getting teenagers out of the house, teenage shelters are beneficial because they are normally located in positions where sports activities take place or are near playgrounds.  This results in teenagers being able to take interest in sports and other constructive activities.  Teenage shelters are generally designed with different seating plans and often covered with a roof, which is good on rainy nights.  Although they don’t completely eradicate undesired behaviour in town centres, they do provide shelter for teenagers that just want to spend quality time together.  Teenage shelters are useful in school playgrounds for children to meet and find friends.

If you are a school or council who is interested in installing teenage shelters please don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be delighted to give advice.