Teen Risk-Taking: Tips for Parents

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

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We all face risks every day.

Teens are faced with making decisions about many new kinds of risk. Choices about drugs, alcohol, driving, relationships, and sex can be life changing.

  • Alberta teens are 3 times more likely to die from injury than all other causes combined.
  • Over 50% of reported sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Alberta are in people between the ages of 15 and 24.
  • Part of growing up is learning how to manage risk and make smart choices. Help your teen learn and practice smart risk.
  • Risk-taking is important for a teen’s development. Let teens try new things, but make sure they understand how to stay safe.
  • Taking on new responsibilities like driving or a part time job will help a teen mature. You can lower some risks by making sure that your teen gets safety training when learning new skills.
  • Talk to your teen about how drug…

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