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Teens / College

Toyota Driving Expectations Program

Here is a scary statistic! According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds is four times that of older drivers.  Toyota has taken notice of this and wants to help parents make their young drivers better drivers. The Toyota Driving Expectations program is a class […]

What kids aren’t hearing at alcohol education lectures – Rachael’s story – by Alison Rhodes The Safety Mom

Last night the Youth Council in my community sponsored an event about the current laws and issues surrounding teen drinking and driving. They had several speakers, the head doctor at the local ER, a defense attorney who explained the legal and financial ramifications of serving minors and the local police officer assigned as the liaison […]

Tyler Clementi’s death isn’t about gay or straight, it’s about the desire to hurt someone in the name of a “prank”, by Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom

By Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom This week I read in horror about Rutgers student Tyler Clementi’s suicide after his roommate secretly video-taped his sexual encounter with another man.  The two suspects are now being charged with invasion of privacy with the most serious charges carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison.  […]

Liberty Mutual is Honoring Teens Who are Making a Difference, by Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom

We are constantly reading in the paper about teens who are getting in trouble but there are hundreds that are also doing incredible things in the community. Great kids who have their act together and, in small and large ways, are making a positive difference in this world. I’m so excited that Liberty Mutual is […]

Would you let your 16 year old sail around the world alone? By Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom, founder of Safety Mom Solutions

By The Safety Mom I was sitting at O’Hare airport last night when a man turned to me with his computer and said, “Would you let your 16 year-old sail around the world alone?” I thought he was joking. Then he showed me the headlines. Ah yes, another subject for my parenting hall of fame. […]

Things to discuss with your teen before the prom – by Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom, Founder of Safety Mom Solutions

Prom season is upon us and, good or bad, it will be a memorable time for our kids.  There’s so much anticipation and usually stress associated with the prom, from what to wear to whom to go with.  It’s also expensive and time consuming for the parents!  My good friend is hosting pre-prom for her […]

Tons of Students- but wait…. Where are the teachers? By Louise Sattler

The followig has been reposted with permission from Louise Sattler. I have heard rumblings for a few months now about multiple states that were getting ready to do the unthinkable- cut the numbers of teachers within their school districts. I kept thinking that could not be at all possible until I had a recent visit […]

Minimizing the Distractions for Your Teen (and Yourself)

The following is a guest post from Our lives are so busy that driving is far from the only thing we do in our cars. And since we are often in them for a long time, we now have lots of ways to entertain ourselves and make the drive easier. However, all of these […]