Health Tip: Helping Your Teens Stay Safe

(HealthDay News) -- As your children reach adolescence, they'll want to head out with their friends without your supervision. As a parent, you should be prepared with some safety rules.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • Take a shopping trip together and talk about money, the way goods are marketed, appropriate behavior and treating others respectfully. Bring friends so you can see how they behave together.
  • As your child approaches adolescence, start observing others at the mall, which will help you prepare your child.
  • Initially, let your child and friends navigate the mall with you close by. Then gradually ease into situations with no parental supervision. Establish a schedule and rules for when and how the child should check in.
  • Ultimately, get to a point where you feel comfortable dropping off and picking up your child at the mall. Public transportation may be an option if available and your child is ready for it.

-- Diana Kohnle

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