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Essential Safety Practices (And Consequences) to Teach Your Teenager

Raising teenagers can be challenging on many fronts, especially when teaching them essential safety principles as they begin to go out into the world on their own or with friends. While you will likely need to prepare them for a range of potential risks, here are four that every teenager should be aware of and equipped to deal with if they should occur.

Driving

Many or most teenagers start driving by their mid-teen years. Since they are still learning how to manage a vehicle responsibly in all kinds of weather and traffic conditions, it is important to remind them of the serious consequences that can ensue if they are involved in a car accident that results in a fatality. A collision that they cause due to negligence or reckless driving could lead to a lawsuit that threatens their future and their freedom. It may be helpful to arrange a brief consultation with a wrongful death attorney who can explain the consequences of a major car accident that is the teenager’s fault to help new drivers be extra cautious when behind the wheel.

Parties

Socialization is an important part of developing a personal identity and becoming mature among peers. Teenagers should be reminded that parties should be the source of fun rather than an opportunity to indulge in illicit or immoral activities like drinking or drugs. Remind your teenager that using drugs or alcohol while a minor can lead to serious problems like addiction or related substance abuse crimes.

Friends

Choosing friends is another important way to demonstrate maturity. Teenagers can be readily influenced for good or bad behavior by their peers. Encourage your son or daughter to avoid kids who tend to get into trouble or who disrespect authority. Likewise, gang activities should be shunned. Successful, positive role models can often inspire others, like your teenager, to make good choices and work toward a bright future.

Personal Relationships

Although it is common for high school students to get involved in romantic relationships, remind your teenager that there are many priorities to focus on in addition to a personal relationship with a significant other. Getting tied down to one person for a lengthy period of time can cause teenagers to miss out on other important aspects of their social development, such as sports, extracurricular activities, and college prep. Casual dating might be the better option while teenagers are still planning their future.

Being a teenager is not easy in today’s world. More than ever, kids need guidance, love, and a listening ear from their families to help them make wise decisions that may influence the rest of their lives.

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