Big kids, big problems. Here are the facts: underage drinking is illegal. Surgeon General, by age 18, more than 70 percent of teens have had at least one drink.
Children are exposed to alcohol marketing via social media, videos, television, magazines, and radio. The alcohol industry pours millions of advertising dollars into media trying to influence your children's choices and win their loyalty. They use digital and social media effectively and blur the lines between advertising and content.
The teenage years are an exciting time with new independence, later curfews, and physical self-sufficiency in the form of a car. Having a teen driver can turn a relatively laid-back parent into a hand-wringing, nail-biting nervous nelly. For me, it sometimes meant biting my tongue, reaching out to hold onto the seat, and inevitably stomping my foot on the non-existent brake.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar or restaurant. The age rule sets the U. Congress was stampeded into this puritanical law by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who with all good intentions were wrongly intruding into an area of personal choice exactly as did the hymn-singing 19th century temperance crusaders, typified by Carrie Nation smashing beer barrels with her hatchet.
Welcome to the big league of parenting. And they need to hear it from YOU. That figure represents a third of children in that age group.
The parts of the adolescent brain that develop first are those that control physical coordination, emotion and motivation. The pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls reasoning and impulses, does not fully mature until around the age of This can have noticeable effects on teen behaviour, such as:.
They found that state laws that ban texting while driving do little to decrease the behavior among teens. Laws banning handheld cellphone use are more effective, with teen drivers who live in states with universal bans engaging in 55 percent fewer handheld cellphone conversations while driving. Please stay on topic.
Since more people are aware of the tragedy and consequences of drinking and driving it has declined. There are fewer people getting behind the wheel under the influence. Unlike other world tragedies drinking and driving is preventable. People are taking more precautions when it comes to operating a vehicle.
Smoking marijuana and driving isn't viewed as negative as is drinking and driving. Credit: Shutterstock. What could go wrong?
The year-old had never before operated a motor vehicle, not a car nor a go-kart, but she felt herself up for the task. With her left foot on the brake pedal and her right on the gas, she puttered around the make-shift track marked by dozens of bright orange traffic cones at South Western High School. Then, on this particular sunny fall morning, she went around again. The second time proved more difficult as her cell phone — really her friends — worked to distract her intentionally by sending text messages.