Summer Safety: bullies, babysitters, and why it’s the most dangerous time of year for teenagers

Teens are more likely to be exposed to drugs and alcohol during summer months. Health experts say the best way to prevent destructive behaviors is to provide a structured environment, be clear about your rules, and have an “I’ll come and get you any time you need help” policy with your teenager. Bullying doesn’t end with the school year. “No school” means “more free time” – and a spike in social media use. Keep an eye on their social media accounts: more than half of adolescents are cyber-bullied at some time. Bullying can lead to depression, withdrawal, and low self-esteem. There are more car accidents involving teen drivers between Memorial Day and Labor Day than any other time of the

Summer Safety: Pools, life jackets, and what drowning REALLY looks like

1. You can drown hours after swimming. It’s called Secondary Drowning, and occurs when fluid gets into the lungs. Every person who is rescued from water should be taken to a hospital- even if they appear to be fine. 2. There is no reason to be out in open water without a life jacket: you can borrow one through Life Jacket Loaner programs. 3. Drowning doesn’t look like drowning. This excellent article by maritime safety expert Mario Vittone explains how so many people drown in plain sight. Real signs of drowning: Head is low in the water, mouth at water level; OR the head is tilted back with mouth open Eyes glassy and unable to focus; or closed Legs are vertical Appear to be trying to


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