By the time your child is a teenager, she will need to be responsible for her own safety in many different situations. It can be a challenge to convince teenagers that safety is important.

They are pushing boundaries, stretching their independence, and taking on new, sometimes frightening, endeavours – all with the aim of proving to themselves they can become an adult. The trick is to help them balance independence and risk-taking behaviour with a sense of personal responsibility for their safety.

  • Risk-taking is a normal part of being a teenager. Talk to your teen about healthy and wise ways he can take risks – through activities like sports, creative works, travel, and activism. Teach your teen to be aware of his environment and how to assess risk.
  • Encourage your teens to wear proper protective gear while they do sports. Helmets for sports like biking, skateboarding, and rollerblading. Padding,cups and mouth guards for sports like hockey, softball, and lacrosse. When they try out new sports, enroll them in lessons with qualified trainers.
  • To continue to keep your child safe from preventable diseases, she should receive an immunization booster shot between the ages of 14 and 16. This may be arranged through your child’s school or by calling your public health unit.
  • Pressure from friends can lead your teen into dangerous situations. Teach her that she has choices, give her the skills to deal with peer pressure, and let her know she can always call you for help if she has gotten into trouble.

Stay involved in your teen’s life. Go to sporting or performing events. Get to know his friends. Talk to him every day. 

Did you know?

One in five new drivers will be involved in a crash within the first two years of driving. Car crashes are the number one killer of youth aged 13 to 25 in B.C. (Source: ICBC)

Get more information from ICBC on how to keep your teen safe behind the wheel or as a passenger.