Injury prevention: 10 to 15 years old
- Home Alone: Your child may be "too old" for a babysitter but still need adult "backup." Set clear limits for home-alone activities, visitors, answering the phone/door, using the stove, etc. Make certain your child has a trusted neighbor or adult he can call when he/she needs advice or help.
- Know your child's maturity level: Don't set him up for disaster by expecting him to be responsible for younger siblings before he/she is ready.
- Sports: Make sure children wear protective gear. Never encourage children to "work through the pain." Encourage helmets for in-line skating, skateboarding and cycling. Being active decreases the risk of Diabetes and increases self-esteem.
- Guns: keep all firearms and ammunition locked up. If your child is depressed, get the guns out of the house!
- Be sun safe. Apply sunscreen with at least a SPF 15 to your child while in the sun and be sure to reapply frequently. Have your child wear hats, clothing, and sunglasses. Avoid the sun, when possible, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and drink plenty of water
- Drug use: Talk to children about the choices they will need to make about drugs and alcohol.
- Depression: Watch your child for signs of confusion, depression, withdraw, fear or other personality changes that may need your attention or professional help.
Make sure everyone wears a seat belt in the car.