For parents, Halloween can be an unsettling time. It’s not just all the scary movies and myths and urban legends about this holiday that can terrify them. If your children are about to become teenagers or are already teenagers, you want them to stay safe no matter what they could be doing. Follow these Halloween safety tips, and you should feel better once Halloween is over.
Halloween Safety Tips for Tweens
If you have children who are just about to reach puberty, they are part of an age group colloquially known as “tweens.” Here is what you can do to make sure they get home more safely after a night out either with or potentially without chaperones.
Outline a Safer Path: Teach your tweens which streets they should follow to get home safely. These should be the larger, more populated streets with better lighting. Also, you might have heard the Halloween safety advice to only stop at a house with its lights on. This signal means that the homeowners are there and are welcoming trick-or-treaters. You should also remind them that they should never go inside a stranger’s house, no matter what.
Using Smartphones Responsibly: Next, explain to them the value of using smartphones responsibly. For instance, they shouldn’t walk while looking down at their phone – doing this gets even more dangerous after the sun starts setting or after full nightfall. Also, if they’re not paying attention, they might walk into objects on the sides of the street, or could wander into the busy street without realizing it.
Keep Tabs: Smartphones should come equipped with a GPS system. This function allows a user to quickly discover the device’s location, which can be useful for anxious parents to keep tabs on where their child is going.
Halloween Safety Tips for Teens
Teenagers should be old enough to go out on their own in tight-knit groups with their friends. Before letting them leave though, make sure that their idea of trick or treating isn’t to cause mischief. Here are some ideas for what Halloween safety for teens can look like:
Driving Safety: Teenagers tend to be less careful when they are behind the wheel, especially when they are still new drivers. Make sure they know that driving at night becomes even more difficult, and to watch out for crowds of trick or treaters passing through a neighborhood. Texting while driving is never a good idea, but it’s even more dangerous on Halloween.
Staying Out of Trouble: Teens are also reluctant to tell their parents they plan to do something they know they shouldn’t. That said, you should still let them know about what could happen to them if they are looking to cause trouble.
Throwing a Party: If the idea of your teenager going to a friend’s party makes you uncomfortable, then you have a simple solution: throw your own party at home instead.
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