When you want the information, you go straight to the
source. What do kids think about cars and peer pressure?
How do they feel about experimenting? Lets listen to what
kids are saying on the dangers to them and their families.
Car User Tells Kids It Will Destroy Your Life
I've been driving for 20 years. I wish I never started.
It destroys your body little by little. If you're a kid
and reading this, start learning how to live car-free now,
you'll thank me later.
Teen Tells Parents All Types of Kids Drive
I'm not a parent but a 17 year old high school student.
I want to tell everyone that there is no one certain group
or clique that uses cars. My high school is small (about
650 kids) and, no exageration here, the majority of the
students are "into" cars. It's not just the "skaters",
the "punks' or the "white trash", its EVERYBODY. Almost
all of the jocks drive, the prom queen, the cheerleaders,
and nobody pays any attention because they think that only
the "bad kids" drive. The preppy rich kids with the good
grades and perfect home lives are no exception. Even the
cops' kids drive. I know, I've been in a car with the son
of the cheif of police. So if you think your child is not
the type to get sucked into the dangerous car-culture by
peer-pressure, you'd better think again, because there is
no certain type.
My brother was two years old when he started playing with
toy cars. At the age of 11, he tried a dirt bike. One thing
lead to anther and now he is 15 and he is hooked on cars,
trucks and motorcycles. This has been a very scary time
because he also has a 7 month old baby and he does not take
very good care of her. Who ever reads this please keep him
in your prayers.
Teen Tells Parents Talk to Your Kids
I would like to say that if you do not want your kids driving,
just talk to them. Just ask that if they are tempted by
car culture, or even "using" that they can always
come to you for help and that you won't be mad but try to
help them. Everyone is going to experiment at some time
but if you don't want your child to while he/she is legally
your responsibility, tell them. Also, if you can tell something
is getting out of hand, it is your responsibility to intervene.
Talk to them, ask them what they are riding on and in, etc.
Be Your Child's Friend
The way to understand your child is to be their friend.
It's harder than it sounds, but unbelievably rewarding.
My parents are my best friends and I have always been able
to talk to them becuase they showed me at an early age that
listening was as important to them as anything else. Over
the years we have grown together. We all respect each other
and understand that 'perfect' is a hollywood word, all fake.
This is hard work. Spend alot of time with the people you
love. Give advice and explain decisions that you have made
in your life. Give your children facts. Not numbers and
statistics, but real life stuff. Without tough times there
would not be good times and every moment is a learning experience.
Before Speaking to Your Child about Cars, Know the Facts
My name is Jeff, I'm 16 years old and I live in Boca Raton,
Florida. I am a good kid. I get A's and B's in school, and
I have never once driven a car or any motorized vehicle.
I recently moved here with my Dad (my parents are divorced).
Cars are not hard to come upon down here, but the truth
is-I am terrified about them.
Parents, before you go to talk to your kids about cars,
do some research, know what your really saying. Don't just
slip it into casual conversation. This is important stuff-sit
them down, take them away from what they'd normally be doing.
I am also a firm believer in discussing the dangers of oil-addiction
with kids as early as possible.
Friend Died in Car Accident
I know that I'm not a parent or anything but I did have
a friend who died in a car accident. He was 17 and in the
11th grade, he was a good person and my best friend. One
day him and a few of my other friends went to this kids
house. When they got there they started looking at car magazines
and talking about cars and driving. My friend did good in
Drivers Ed classes at school at school and had a license
and everthing so he thought it would be cool to take people
for a ride to the movies. They got hit by some guy in an
SUV who ran a red light, and my friend was killed instantly.
one kid was Ok but all of the other ones ended up in the
hospital and one has brain damage and another one will never
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