Helping young people to be safe
By now, growing children start to think of themselves as 'young adults'. This doesn’t mean they are always ready for the challenges or responsibilities; or that it is always safe to treat them as such.
But you tend to get a better response if you show that you respect they are no longer 'children' and can think about things for themselves. As a parent, you need to base your advice on your personal knowledge of your child and what they are capable of.
Traffic is the biggest single cause of accidental death for young people aged 12 and over. Six out of ten teenagers report that they have either been in an accident / near miss or know someone at school who has been.
There are also other challenges that young people face; eg: alcohol and drugs. To find out more about how you can help try:
Coping with risky behaviour from your teen (BBC web page)
Your children may also find the following website useful:
www.talktofrank.com (a popular web for young people about drugs, alcohol and other issues)