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Injury Prevention - Parents of Teens

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Teens learn through new experiences and relationships.
Most injuries are predictable.  Teens are not.

Teens are preparing to be adults.  Their lives are full – going to school, working, learning to drive a car, dating, and being with friends.

We know teens:

  • Are more likely to be injured because they are attracted to new experiences and take more risks, especially when they are with friends.  Teens do not think like adults.  Their teenage brain is still growing and developing. 
  • Do not always have good judgment or consider the outcomes of their actions.  
  • Need parents to continue to guide them and set limits to keep them safe.

Most injuries for teens are related to traffic, sports and the workplace. 

Parents can take action: 

  • Learn about the teenage brain and how teens think and act.
  • Be a positive role model and practice good safety habits.
  • Insist on the use of protective gear.
  • Talk to your teen about your values and goals.  Keep a positive connection.
  • Provide proper instruction to drive and to use tools and equipment.
  • Set limits, consequences and expectations for your teen to do their best.

Learn more about keeping teens safe:

At Home and At Play

On the Road and in the Car

Last updated: November 26, 2012