Safety Basics For Pre-teens and Teens (10-14 years)

Teens and pre-teens may think they’re invincible, but moms and dads know better. It’s a tricky age group, where parents must enforce the safety rules but also teach kids to make good safety decisions when an adult is not around.

On this site, you will find the top tips every parent needs to keep their pre-teens and teens safe. The information is broken down by age and organized by three categories (at home, at play and on the way), so you’re sure to find exactly what you need.

Safety Basics For Pre-teens and Teens (10-14 years) At Home

Preteens and teenagers don’t like to be treated like they are children, but the truth is they still need help staying safe. During these years, 10- to 14-year-olds struggle for independence and control and spend more time not being supervised by adults.

While some preteens and teens think they are mature enough to stay home alone, parents must determine if the individual child has the right skills to stay safe.

Safety Basics For Pre-teens and Teens (10-14 years) At Play

Preteens and teens are busy, riding bikes, skating and scooting around the neighborhood. Sports injury can occur as a result of falls, collisions, being struck by an object or overexertion.

All children, no matter their age, should wear appropriate safety gear and equipment that fits properly. Protective gear is sport-specific and may include mouth guards, shin pads, helmets, elbow pads, knee pads and safety goggles.

Safety Basics For Pre-teens and Teens (10-14 years) On The Way

Pre-teens and teens may struggle to gain independence and control. Because they spend more time unsupervised by adults, they may engage in risk-taking behaviors. Perceptions of invincibility and immortality also put them at risk for injury.

By discussing safety issues with your preteen, and practicing and modeling safe behaviors yourself, you can help keep your child safe while she walks, bikes and rides in cars.

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