Many of the threats that your preteen faces in middle school will magnify once they reach high school. First off, remind your teen of the importance of protecting online privacy. Any pictures or posts they wouldn’t want you, their principal or a college recruiter to see shouldn’t be posted online—even if it is intended only for friends.
The biggest risk that high school students face is teen driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in the age group. Because of school, work, sports and other activities, your teen will be driving more or with another teen who is driving with them. Instill safe driving habits early on. Some states have special laws for new drivers, but if your state doesn’t, you can implement some of your own rules, such as a curfew, a maximum number of passengers and a ban on cellphone use behind the wheel.
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