Teens & Tweens Critical Thinking Resources

It can be a bittersweet feeling as a parent to see your young child officially exit childhood. However, teens and tweens need their parents more than ever as they navigate through many changes. It’s our responsibility to help children get through these years while staying happy, active, and safe!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 7,000 teenagers died because of unintentional injuries in 2019. That’s almost 20 deaths per day. Among the leading causes of unintentional injury were motor vehicle crashes, suffocation, drowning, poisoning, fires, and falls.

The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that the main health issues for adolescents, children between the ages of 10 and 19 years old, are injuries, violence, mental health, alcohol and drug use, and tobacco use.  Here are some more important adolescent health statistics to remember:

  • In 2021, over 72% of tweens said they have experienced bullying as a bully, victim, or witness.
  • In 2019, over 40% of motor vehicle crash deaths were among teens aged 13-19.
  • In 2019, over 9% of adolescents reported to using alcohol in the past month.
  • In 2018, over 21.2% of adolescents fell into the category of being obese.

The tween and teen years are among the most important developmental years, which is one of the reasons we have dedicated custom resources for this topic. Some of the most popular include our tween and early teen Safe to the Xtreme Activity Books; Bullying Prevention resources; soon-to-be and new Teen Driver educational materials, including the Buzzed Driving Info – Pledge Card with NHTSA Messaging, and Seat Belt – Click It or Ticket – Info Pledge Card.

I’m Safe! has been featured in newspapers across the country and more than 150 radio and television programs and has been serving health and safety advocates for over 25 years. Do you have an upcoming event to finish the year strong? Contact us to learn how we can help promote critical thinking and intentional actions for the tweens and teens in our communities.