A series of new studies done within the past year showed that good things happen when parents set limits on their teenagers’ behavior, according to a report in USA Today.
- For example, the average teen spends seven hours 38 minutes in front of television and computer screens. However, teens whose parents set limits on Internet and TV watching spend three hours less. Teens whose parents set limits for bed time sleep more hours.
- Teens whose parents set limits on driving are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to get into accidents.
- They are also less likely to drink, text, or talk on cell phones when they drive.
- They are more likely to delay sex, get better grades, and avoid cigarette smoking.
“The reality is that teenagers care deeply what their parents think,” said Kenneth Ginsburg, author of the driving study and a specialist in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. “The challenge for parents is to get across boundaries in a way that does not feel controlling.”