What Can Parents Do?

Get Your Kids into the Safety Zone

While middle-school kids are beginning to test their independence, experts say it is essential for parents to remember that they are still a powerful force in influencing their children’s attitudes and behavior.

Often times parents back away when they see their child’s thrust for independence. As a result, parent involvement in the middle grades decreases. But this is a mistake–middle school kids need you more than ever. – Partnership for Learning

As the parent of a middle-schooler you can help your child prevent bicycle and sports injuries by:

  • Talking with your child about the risk of injury associated with the activity. Help your child understand the consequences of becoming injured.
  • Encouraging your child’s independence by making him responsible for his safety.
  • Equipping her to avoid injuries by understanding what safety gear is available and appropriate to the activity.
  • Ensuring that your child has the safety equipment she needs for appropriate protection and that it remains in good condition.