Seeing your teen engage in risk taking behaviours can be scary - you might worry for their safety or the safety of others
- Trying new things and testing the limits is normal at all developmental stages from birth to old age - it’s how people grow to be wise and experienced
- It’s called risk taking when it involves activities that may result in harm to oneself or someone else
- Harmful risk taking by your child may potentially lead to health, legal and relationship problems
Why do young people take risks?
Tune into your child and notice the signs. Their risk taking may be influenced by the following:
Modelling what they see in the media
Mental health issues
Modelling friends and family
Boredom and a need to be challenged
Questioning the norms of society
Believing nothing bad will happen to them
Absence of positive role models
“Learning to be an independent adult involves understanding how to handle risky situations”
What types of risks might your child take?
There are many different forms of risk taking. The level of risk involved can increase depending on the age of your child. Some of the concerns parents have for their kids include:
Drug and alcohol use
Unsafe sexual activity
Exposure to risks online
Illegal activities or gang involvement
How can you encourage your child to avoid dangerous risks?
Having good communication allows you to know what your child is doing when they’re not with you.
Also try these tips:
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