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Teen Safety

TEEN SAFETY


Being a teen is no easy task these days.  Many face the same challenges we faced growing up, only social media amplifies the process.  This page has been designed to help you identify safety concerns your teen may be experiencing and how you can get through them together, and achieve a positive outcome.

Teen Safety

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Teen Dating


Based on the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance data, 41 percent of high school students reported being sexually active.  Talk to your teen about sex, even if you don't think your child is engaging in sexual activity.

Talking to Your Teens About Healthy Sexuality


In a recent national survey, 8 percent of high school students reported physical violence and 7 percent reported that they experienced sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months before the survey.  Learn more about Dating Violence and how you as a parent can help Prevent It.

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Social Media & Cyber Safety

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter can be great ways for teens to connect with one another.  But, social media can be problematic for several reasons.

Know what your teen is doing online. Educate yourself about the latest apps, websites, and social media pages teens are using and take steps to keep your teen safe.

Signs Social Media is Ruining Teen Friendships

Why Kids Are Using Instagram to Bully

Online Teen Safety Guide

How to Keep Kids Safe on Social Media

100 Text and Social Media Acronyms

How Social Media Has Changed Our Parenting

9 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Respond to Cyberbullying


The Most Unsafe Social Media Apps

We researched the most unsafe social media apps used by  teens.  Here are the results:

Ban These Apps from Your Teen – TeenSafe 2017 Blacklist

The 12 Apps That Every Parent Of A Teen Should Know About

5 Apps Parents Should Delete from Kid's Phones

Top 12 Best Secret Chat Apps You Should Know

Find Hidden Apps Your Teen Doesn’t Want You Seeing


Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Click on the link to visit commonsensemedia.org.


Visit the TBW's Electronic & Internet Safety page for more tips!

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Learning How To Drive

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety: 2009 Ohio Crash Facts, 118 teens were killed in driving incidents.  Of those 118, only 37 teens used their seat belts.  In addition, 16,761 teens were injured in crashes in 2009.  Traffic crashes are still the leading cause of teen deaths with the crash rate for 16 year olds being much higher than that for 17 year olds, and almost nine times greater than that of the general population of drivers.  Take a moment to learn more about helping your teen stay safe behind the wheel, with these resources.

  • Steps for my teen to get their driver's license: State of Ohio BMV
  • Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011.  Learn more about teen drinking and how you can prevent it:  CDC Teen Drinking & Driving
  • The risk, the distractions, passengers, speeding, seat belts, driving tired, driving under the influence... Knowledge is power, and knowledge will help you make your teen a better driver.  NHTSA Teen Driving.
  • Go over expectations and have your teen sign a Teen Driving Contract, before they can go out driving on their own.  
  • A conviction of a traffic offense within the first six months of having a license may result in a parent or guardian having to accompany the driver for six months or until the driver reaches age 17.  Utah Teen Crashes Car While Doing Bird Box Challenge

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Making More Good Choices

Drugs

In 2017, 6 percent of twelfth graders reported using marijuana daily.  Marijuana use exceeds cigarette use is in teens now.

Hold regular conversations about the dangers of drugs.  And don't forget to mention the dangers of prescription drugs.  Many teens do not recognize the dangers of taking a friend's prescription or popping a few pills that are not prescribed to them.

Unfortunately, many teens underestimate how easy it is to develop an addiction. And they don't understand the risks associated with overdosing.

Know the Teen Drug Use Warning Signs and help your teen look for local/school related drug free clubs like the Pickerington Central High School Drug Free Clubs.  


Visit the TBW's Understanding Drugs Safety Page to learn more about specific drugs plaguing communities across America.

Drinking

33.2 percent of high school seniors still report drinking alcohol within the past month.


It's important to hold regular conversations about the risks of underage drinking. Educate your teen about the dangers of alcohol as alcohol can take a serious toll on a teenager's developing brain.


Express your disapproval of underage drinking.  Saying you don't approve can make a big difference in whether your teen decides to drink.  Furthermore, show them why you disapprove.  Visit the TBW's Drinking page for impactful photos that show the dangers of drinking and driving and resources to get someone help.


How to Know if Your Teen has Been Drinking Alcohol

Bullying

According to research conducted by Family First Aid, 30 percent of teens in the U.S. have been involved in bullying—either as a victim or as the bully.  The rise of social media use by teens has made bullying much more public and more pervasive.


Talk to your teen about bullying regularly. Discuss what she can do when she witnesses bullying and talk about options if she becomes a target.


Being proactive can prevent and be a key to helping your child deal with a bully. It's important to talk to your child about when and how to get help from an adult.


8 Facts About Bullying Everyone Should Know

Education

It's no longer just the "troubled teens" who are dropping out of school.  Some teens feel so much pressure to get into a good college that they're burning themselves out before they graduate from high school.  Other's have been bullied to the point of attending online school, instead of public or private school.


Monitor what your teen is going through and stay involved in their education. Provide support and guidance and be ready to assist your teen if he/she encounters problems.


How to Help When Your Teen Falls Behind in School

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No matter what your teen has going on, help them to think positive, be positive, and embrace life.  Click below to help your teen start their Bucket List!

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