Teaching teens the dangers of texting and driving

A school's announcement about a deadly crash was meant to scare students from texting and driving.

LAKELAND, Fla. -- A small high school in Wisconsin tried to scare its students out of texting and driving, but many people are saying it went too far.

Before classes, school officials got on the intercom and announced that four students had died in a crash caused by texting and driving. Students were shocked, but then 10 minutes later, the student council revealed the whole thing was a drill!

“It probably would work,” college sophomore Catherine Tyson said of the tactic. “It's not okay, but it probably would work.”

“If I would've heard that I would've been bursting into tears,” another college student said.

These young people don't agree with what that high school in Wisconsin did. However, they admit they don't always listen to their parents or the public service announcement telling them not to text and drive.

Young people know the dangers of texting and driving, and yet they still do it. So what's the best way to get them to stop?

“You can never go wrong with always being honest,” Dr. Daniel Haight of Lakeland Regional Health said.

He’s having these types of conversations with his teenager right now. He said making up a tragedy could traumatize kids and make them lose trust.

“It's always better not to introduce something unpredictable because you don't know how it's going to be received and you're not sure if it distracts from your main message,” he explained.

Instead, Dr. Haight recommends using news stories about real crashes to make your point. He also said parents need to lead by example by not texting and driving themselves.
 

(© 2016 WTSP)


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