Texting has become one of the most important elements of human interaction in the modern day. And that means, your children are probably texting already—though texting has many benefits, there are some down sides that you need to make your kids aware of.
One of the biggest dangers of texting is the danger of texting and driving. If your children don’t know how texting and driving will affect them, they many not feel that it is as important as it can be. And this can lead to serious problems on the road.
As your texting child approaches driving age, it is time for you to have the talk. The text talk. And, this talk isn’t easy, so we are here to give you some good tips on the best way to talk to your children about texting and driving.
So, read our list, and have the talk. When your child knows the dangers of texting, both the road and your child will be much safer.
What to Talk About
There are many great ways to have the text talk, and many topics you can cover, so make the most of the text talk by covering a lot of ground.
The Dangers of Texting
The most important thing to keep in mind is that texting and driving is a truly dangerous practice. This knowledge can help you remember the importance of your talk and help to direct the conversation.
First off, you should let your concern for your child lead the conversation. Let them know that you care about their safety and that texting can lead to accidents even in seemingly slow traffic or when they feel like they are in control of the situation.
There are many websites you can refer them to that can simply demonstrate the dangers of texting without being overbearing or difficult. Let your child know about these websites and keep them informed.
It’s the Law
One thing you need to cover is the fact that texting and driving is often against the law. Throughout the United States, and even internationally, texting and driving has been recognized as dangerous, and as such it is made illegal.
Remind your child that getting a ticket will reflect badly on their driving record and may lose them their driving privileges. This will hopefully help them to drive more carefully and avoid texting and driving all together!
Let them be a Part of the Conversation
One of the best things you should do is allow the text talk to truly be a conversation. This means allowing both you and your child to participate and give input so that the conversation can be fruitful.
If your child feels like they have a voice, and are being listened to, then they will be more cooperative and more willing to listen. Give your child the support they need and let them know that what they have to say is valuable.
Consider Useful Apps
Although smartphones are contributing to some of the dangers of driving, they can also help in battling these dangers. There are many different apps you can purchase that will help keep your child safe behind the wheel and decrease the temptation to text.
Some apps have GPS capabilities that don’t allow texting while a phone is in motion. This app is really useful for teen drivers, but remember that it will also prevent texting when your child is in any moving car (even if they aren’t driving).
There are also apps that allow for your child to speak and listen to texts while they drive. This will allow them to keep their eyes on the road and drive much more safely.
Whatever app you decide to use, just remember that your child’s safety should be your top priority.
Keeping Your Child Safe
We live in a world of amazing opportunity and one of the greatest opportunities is that of technology. As awesome as all of this technology can be, it also yields unique dangers. So, help your child be safe with their new technology and see where their future will take them.
Your child’s future is in your hands, so help them to be as safe as possible by keeping them informed and listening to what they have to say!