Common Sins of Teens

Looking for some ideas about common sins committed by teens to be discussed in our middle school CCD classes. Going over the commandments with them, but I wanted to know a few scenarios that teens face in real day-to-day situations regarding temptations. That way I can work up something to present to the teens about a few scenarios, what would they do, what does the Church say, etc… Any thoughts would be appreciated, especially from teens on the board. I want to make it real for the teens and not just a memorization drill of the commandments.

Lying, disrespect to parents, underage drinking to name a few. Being a teenager is a turbulent time both for the kids and parents. Most of the time, both parties survive. :smiley:


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For me the biggest challenge was getting them to understand why they should go and to go often. They also need to know how to conform one’s conscience with the Ten Commandments so that they can make sound judgements quickly or know exactly when one has committed sin according to objective, not subjective, criteria.
To me, this is a good resource. It shows a teen how they could have committed a sin against say, the the 6th commandment, adultery, even though they aren’t married yet.
I’ll paste it and give the source so you can check it out!

This article was written by Marta- for LEAP OF FAITH-
by Fr. Edward Filardi, Gaithersburg, Maryland

I. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
Do I give time every day to God in prayer?
Do I put my trust in superstitions, good luck charms, rather than God alone?
Have I rejected any Church teaching or denied that I was a Catholic?
II. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have I used the words “God” or “Jesus” in anger or irreverently?
Have I used foul or ugly language? Have I wished evil on another?
III. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.
Have I missed Mass on Sunday or any holy day of obligation?
Do I arrive at church late or leave early?
Do I try to be reverent and pay attention during Mass?
Do I avoid unnecessary work on Sunday?
Do I make Sunday a day of prayer or rest?
IV. Honor your father and your mother.
Do I respect and obey my parents?
Have I dishonored or mistreated them by word or deed?
Am I willing to help around the house or must I be nagged a hundred times?
Do I try to get along with my brothers and sisters?
Am I a tattletale or bully?
Do I give a good example, especially to younger siblings?
Do I respect others in authority: priests, nuns, police, old people, baby-sitters?
V. You shall not kill.
Do I beat up others or hurt their bodies?
Do I say cruel things, or make fun of others to hurt their feelings?
Do I say mean things about others behind their backs?
Have I stopped speaking to anyone?
Do I encourage others to do bad things?
Do I try to love all people, born and unborn?
VI. You shall not commit adultery.
Do I treat my body and other people’s bodies with purity and respect?
Do I look at television shows, movies, or pictures that are bad?
Am I modest in my speech and the clothes I wear?
VII. You shall not steal.
Have I taken things that were not mine from a store or another person?
Have I destroyed or misused another person’s property for fun?
Do I return things that I borrow? In good condition?
VIII. You shall not commit false witness against your neighbor.
Am I honest in my school work?
Do I tell lies to make myself look good?
Do I tell lies to protect myself from punishment?
Do I tell lies that make another person look bad or get them in trouble?
IX. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
Do I allow my parents to spend time with one another, or do I get jealous and want them to pay attention only to me?
Do I get mad when I have to share my friends?
Are there kids I will not play with or be mean to because they look different?
X. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Am I jealous or envious of the things or abilities that others have?
Am I thankful to God and my parents for what they have given me?
Do I share the things I have with my family, friends and poor people?
The Act of Contrition
Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace to sin no more, to amend my life, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.

Yes, that too. :stuck_out_tongue:

self-abuse through use of drugs and alcohol, cutting, masturbation, bulemia, allowing others to use you for sexual gratification, bodily mutilation

As a mom of 3 teens and a 10 yo the biggest problems I have seen is respect of course(thinking they know better than mom and dad). The next one has to be getting them to understand that downloading illegal or copyrighted material like songs from the internet is stealing. I work with software and hardware in the computer field and the predominant feeling is that if I can get it for free it is ok. It isn’t! You are affecting many people when you steal songs or software! Prices go up because they have to keep coming up with better security schemes, prices go up because if you steal it you are getting something for free that others had to pay for, and had you paid for it prices would go down. Software developers and songwriters have to support themselves and their families too. So I explain to them that you are literally taking food out of the mouths of their families. This is just my personal pet peeve but I really discourage downloading things that are not “freeware”