Getting Parents to Cease Texting and Driving is a Tricky Proposition

Posted on August 9, 2012

We just covered what to do should one of your friends insist on texting while behind the wheel, but advising against such a practice would necessarily become much more difficult if you’re dealing with an authority figure.  For teens, it might not be easy to get a parent or guardian to abstain from texting.  However, a report provides tips that should help you do just that.

It all starts by talking to the parent at a time when it’s convenient for them.  You don’t want a parent to be rushing out the door, as they’ll just be able to get out of the conversation without the issue being adequately addressed.  Say that you have something important you’d like to talk about at an appropriate time, and you’ll hopefully get their undivided attention.

Once you have your parent’s attention, tell them your worries in a kind way that shows you care.  Raising your voice and exhibiting anger could have the opposite effect.  If possible, research the danger beforehand and be ready with statistics and information if at first they’re not inclined to listen.

You might also stroke their ego a little bit, saying that they are your role model and that you’re more likely to engage in such bad behaviors if they do.  Finally, politely ask that they stop.  But don’t be put off if they put up a fight.  Give them a chance to think about it and let the parent take time to get back to you.  If that doesn’t work, write a letter or get another adult in on the action.

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