If you are a parent of teen drivers, you may be interested in the results of a recent survey of Ontario students from grades 7 through 12. The 2013 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) Mental Health and Well-Being Report is an ongoing survey about various behavioural trends of participants, and the report is conducted on behalf of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The OSDUHS is a bi-annual survey that reveals important trends of mental and physical health and risk behaviours among middle and high school students.*Source: www.camh.ca (Nearly 50 per cent of grade 12 students in Ontario report texting while driving, CAMH youth survey finds)
Ontario Teen Drivers Texting While Driving
One of the behaviour trends the ongoing survey revealed was the large number of teens that text while driving in Ontario. The survey reported an alarming number of teen drivers who have texted while driving. Over one-third of 108,000 licensed Ontario students in grades 10 to 12 report that they have texted while driving at least once in the past year. For drivers in grade 12, 46% of the surveyed licensed drivers have texted while driving at least once in the past year.
This is an alarming number considering the dangers of texting while driving. Teen drivers need to be educated about the consequences of texting while driving, and it starts with the parents.
Many parents talk to their children about the dangers of drunk driving, but do not talk to them about texting while driving. Teens are constantly on their cell phones; it seems that smartphones and cell phones are permanently attached to many teenagers. Texting on phones with their friends is the primary mode of communication for many teenagers. There is nothing wrong with texting friends on cell phones, and many teens may think that there is nothing wrong with texting while driving. Therefore, parents need to start talking to their kids about the dangers of texting while driving.
Parents Need to be Role Models
The sad reality is that many adults also text on their phones while driving in Kingston, Ottawa or Whitby. Take a look around you the next time you are in your car. You will see many drivers on their phones, and some of those drivers have children in the backseat. Kids at a young age see their parents text while driving, so why can’t they do it when they are finally able to drive? Therefore, parents need to set good examples and not use their cell phones while driving. No work email or text is that important or worth an innocent life.
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