The 13 Most Dangerous Teen Health Risks

Texting? Sexting? Four Loko? STDs? Skateboarding? How to keep your teen safe (27 Photos)

Laurie Tarkan on May 24, 2011 at 3:06PM

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The 13 Most Dangerous Teen Health Risks

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How to Keep Your Teen Safe

Understand that risk taking is a natural part of adolescent development. "A parent's job is to help keep that risk taking in safe and appropriate bounds," says Carol Emig, president of Child Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization. Believe it or not, kids want and respect their parent's advice, even if they don't admit it to their parents, according to national surveys of adolescents. "The single most important thing is to build a strong and positive relationship with your kids," says Emig. Here are the top risks and how to talk to your teen to keep him or her as safe as can be.
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