Teen Troubles: Running Away

According to the Department of Health, more than 1 million teenagers run away from home each year. The National Runaway Switchboard reports that 86% of runaways are between the ages of 14 to 17 and 74% are female, while 26% are male.

If your teen has threatened to run away, don't hesitate to talk to her about it. Inform your son or daughter that running away is not as glamorous as it sounds. Let them know living day-to-day on the streets with no legal form of income, no food and only the clothes on their back is not only dangerous, it can be deadly. If your teen is having problems, make sure you let them know how much you love them and that together you can work through the problem(s) and running away is never the solution.

If your teen has already run away, take action. "If you believe your child has run away, notify the police immediately," states New Jersey Police Officer Steve Wilson. "Many teens initially run away and in doing so, become easy prey for kidnappers, molesters, pimps, and other predators. It's easy for runaways to end up becoming a victim."


The articles in this section address the problems associated with a runaway teens.