High School Update

For Parents
This is a pivotal time in helping kids make positive choices when faced with drugs and alcohol. Kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use. So, most importantly, stay involved. Young teens may say they don't need your guidance, but they're much more open to it than they'll ever let on. Make sure you talk to them about their choices of friends — drug use in teens starts as a social behavior.

Teen Distracted Driving

Parents should limit peer passengers for their newly licensed teens, a major crash risk. Two or more peer passengers more than triples the risk of a fatal crash with a teen behind the wheel.

Distraction was a key factor in 58 percent of crashes involving drivers ages 16 to 19, according to an analysis of video footage of 1,691 moderate-to-severe crashes 6 seconds before they occurred.

Did You Know?

By the time teens enter high school, they have likely had many opportunities to try drugs, alcohol, and/or tobacco. Even if they have resisted the temptation, they’ve probably seen their peers do it. This means that having a healthy and trusting parent-child relationship during the teenage years is more important than ever.