Revista Adolescência e Saúde

Revista Oficial do Núcleo de Estudos da Saúde do Adolescente / UERJ

NESA Publicação oficial
ISSN: 2177-5281 (Online)

Vol. 15 nº 3 - Jul/Sep - 2018

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Be free

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Ser livre

Autores: Evelyn Eisenstein; Felipe Jannuzzi

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Among the fundamental rights for the adolescent's citizenship to be respected,  in the first place, the right to freedom must be valued. Young people and adolescents have a great longing for freedom, whether in the way of thinking, dressing, expressing, informing, integrating, having fun, and making choices for themselves.

But what is "being free"? Commonly adolescents have an idealized view that adults are free, because they do what they want and they, adolescents, are not. They want, therefore, to arrive soon at the adult stage in order to, as they imagine or dream, conquer the much longed for freedom. They believe that "being free" is doing everything they want and at any time. They want to be independent of their parents' authority, but often without knowing how to reach this moment.

But is it that we, the adults, enjoy, in fact, that privilege? By the way, it is very difficult to experience in an ideal way all that unlimited freedom, since the external reality is never the same as the one dreamed internally. There are responsibilities and obligations to everyone: adolescents, youth, adults, seniors.

Thus, for the value of freedom to be internalized by young people, balance, attention and orientation become key words. First, the adolescent needs to be heard and correctly oriented so that his freedom is effectively conquered and without fatal risks. We need to analyze the issues that involve adolescence in a broader way, always going beyond the apparent. We need, as health professionals and educators, to understand well what is adolescence and everything that we live today - the crises and uncertainties of all areas and, at the same time, the technological advances with the new forms of communication - that affect to teenagers.

We must preserve the potential of free will in their phases and lifestyle choices that mean their freedom, but offering a message of health or help when necessary, without blocking the roads and healthy opportunities to that adolescent, the so-called values of resilience.

Yes, we need to create fields and channels so that the adolescent can freely express their opinions and wishes, without fear of being punished for it. Create opportunities for freedom of expression through sports practices, recreation, good nutrition - work so that your physical and emotional needs are met. Basically there are four fundamental pillars that need to be reached, known as the 4 "C's": critical thinking, peaceful communication, collaboration (in groups or teams) and creativity.

The adolescent needs the support and protection of the whole society to feel free, which includes the family, the school and the State. It is vital, as a society, to build more opportunities for learning and "bridges", where the lucrative factor is not predominant as, unfortunately, it occurs in a large part of the television programs, films, videos and online games directed to this group of age, with content and distant images of the healthiest alternatives. It is important to propose more health policies, social protection and participation actions or youth protagonism, also in the communities, territories and municipalities.

The adolescent is not that "machine of problems", as it is divulged by the media in many moments. We need to live this priority: the health of the young person and the adolescent. There is nothing more liberating than having the conscience to understand, accept and accept the other as he is, and let him continue in search of his sense of life in freedom.

Here we offer another edition of the Journal Adolescence and Health, dear reader, for more knowledge and reflections on the importance of respect for the freedom of all of us, with ethics and responsibility. Good reading!

Evelyn Eisenstein - Scientific Editor
Felipe Jannuzzi - Executive Editor
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