This month we’re delighted to have Brooke Webb, Co-Founder of the Kids Time (formerly known as itsgr82bme), as our guest blogger. the Kids Time is a trusted source to recommend quality activities and events to families all over the U.S. We’ve invited Brooke to share some tips to keep teens safe during the summer months.
School is out and the lazy days of summer are upon us. There is a sense of freedom that overcomes us all. There is also an abundant amount of free time in the summer, and unsupervised teens may succumb to negative peer pressure. Here are a few good tips to follow to be sure teens don’t find their way into trouble:
- Assign Chores – Giving teens chores around the house or yard not only keeps them busy, but also allows them to demonstrate their ability to be responsible. Suggest they help an elderly neighbor with their housework or gardening as well.
- Set Boundaries – Never allow your teen to invite friends over when you’re not home, and let them know if there are any places/locations they are not permitted to go to.
- Keep in Contact – This one is important. Use FaceTime, texting, or calls to keep in touch with your teen. Create an understanding that they must answer. The whole purpose of having these electronics is for communication, right?
- Know the Plan – Let your teen know they have to have a plan if they’re going out. Who is driving? Who is picking up? Know who is going, where the destination is, and what time you can expect them home. Accountability is key.
- Find Help in Your Community – Have someone check in on your teen when you’re not at home for an extended period of time. A neighbor, a friend or relative you can trust is a good choice. Leaving kids unsupervised for hours on end is asking for trouble.
- Know their Friends – Get to know your child’s friends. Host a movie night, a BBQ, or another fun activity at your home.
- Establish a Curfew – Let your teen know what time they need to be home every night, and enforce consequences if they cannot abide by your rules. When they complain everyone else is out, offer your front steps, basement or backyard to continue the gathering. At home is better than another location with no parental supervision.
- Do Summer Activities Together – Whether it’s a baseball game, a trip to an amusement park, or just some time at home making a yummy summertime snack, make it priority to regularly spend time with your teen this summer.
- Monitor their Online Activity – People can pretend to be anyone online. Encourage your teen to use good judgment, and not share personal information with people they have never met. Make sure you know what apps your child is using and what websites they frequently visit.
At the end of the day, your teen’s safety is most important. Throughout the summer months, check in daily with your teen to make sure they are having a fun, productive, and safe summer.