Parents warn of the dangers of texting while driving to their kids, but a new survey has found that many teens who text behind the wheel are doing to respond to their parents.
“It’s incredibly dangerous,” said Stephen Wallace, senior advisor for policy, research and education at Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the organization that, along with Liberty Mutual Insurance, released the new survey.
The survey found that 55% of teens report texting while driving in order to update and/or respond to their parents; nearly one in five believe that their parents expect a text response within one minute.
A national survey of 1,622 high school juniors and seniors found that 25% of the teens believe their parents expect a response within five minutes, even while they are driving.
When it comes to parents, however, the survey’s authors reported that 58 percent of parents say they, “do not have set expectations on teens’ response time.”
MESSAGE: Parents need to send a message to their kids, both literally and figuratively.
Tell your kids to put their phones away while they’re driving and, most importantly, parents, LEAD BY EXAMPLE.
It Is critical that parents focus on these dangerous driving habits early on – from drowsy driving to technology use behind the wheel – and have frequent conversations with their children about what safe driving really means.
Kids learn to drive from what they see; this is now they learn.
Having a respectful teen driver who responds to your messages is nice, but have the conversation to clarify your concerns and the rules. And parents---be patient in waiting for a response. The alternative is too daunting to imagine.