Summer Safety Tips for Teens
By Brandi Goodman
Teenagers start to become very independent. Especially during summer, they're able to get out on their own and hang out with friends without their parents having to be around. Many may not keep safety in mind, however, ensuring parental guidance on summer safety is necessary. Make sure your teens understand these summer safety tips so they can maintain their well-being throughout the warmer months and thereafter.
Don't Drive Distracted
Discuss the importance of distracted driving with your teens. Teenagers who just got their license are obviously very new to the road. Many keep their cellphones on them at all times and even attempt to text and check social media pages as they're driving. This should never be done because it is very dangerous. Remind your kids that they need to keep their phones off while in the car and always keep their eyes on the road. Driving at any time of year has its dangers, but summer driving with lots of teens out and about can be even more menacing.
Don't Dive Off Piers
Many beaches have a walking pier that allows you to get out farther into the water. Teens tend to jump off these piers for an adrenaline rush. Many may not realize just how strong currents of water can be. Jumping from a considerable height into a body of water is extremely dangerous. Even the strongest swimmer can have a hard time making their way out if a large wave comes crashing in. Remind your teens to stay closer to the beach and avoid jumping off piers or other tall structures.
Don't Give Out Personal Information Online
Perhaps your teenager is spending his or her summer at home on their phone. Too many teens give out far too much personal information online. They think it's no big deal to let people know where they're at and what they're doing at all times. When it's just friends and family on your social media pages, this may not be a big deal. When you have "followers" that you don't actually know, this information can put a target on your back. Online safety always needs to be considered.
Your teen's safety should always be a top priority. Just because a teenager seems independent and like they can take care of themselves does not mean parents shouldn't step in to provide some guidance and tips. Give these summer safety tips to your kids and remind them how important it is to exercise caution in everything they do.
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