Tell them to ask themselves: Is it worth the risk?
Children and teens are still developing, both physically and mentally, and their brains are not yet fully developed. They still haven’t fully developed the ability to understand the possible consequences of their actions, which makes them vulnerable to engaging in risky behavior without even realizing the actual danger. It’s important to encourage your kids to stop and think before making careless choices or mindlessly succumbing to peer pressure. The fear of missing out can be an especially powerful influence in the social media age.
It’s crucial that your kids know the importance of thinking for themselves rather than simply following the crowd. Be a good role model and encourage your kids to make thoughtful, informed decisions as individuals. Let them know you’re concerned about them because you love them and care about their well-being, but also trust their judgement and their ability to make the right decisions by thinking for themselves.