While parents give speeches on the dangers of distracted driving to their teens, they might want to also talk to them about “distracted walking.”
Teens walking and texting or walking and talking on their phones have spiked the number of teen pedestrian deaths. A study by Safe Kids Worldwide found that the number of pedestrian deaths in the 16-19 age group has risen by 25 percent in the last five years.
Teens listening to music, talking on their phones or texting, and then tripping over something in the sidewalk or running into something, is fodder for funny YouTube videos. What is not funny; however, is when a distracted teen walker steps out in front of a car and is struck.
Although the study indicates that there has been an overall decline in the number of pedestrian-accident related injuries for every 100,000 children; that number isn’t dropping steadily for teens.
There is a time and a place for using a cell phone. Talk to your teen to discuss the safety issues that come with owning a cell phone.