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Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.

 

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Conversation Starter: Distracted Walking

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We’ve decided to launch a new blog series: Conversation Starters. These posts are intended to raise issues rather than provide answers. We’ll share topics that we’re discussing around our dinner tables, in the car, and out with friends (and provide a few links if you want more information). You and your family can decide what’s right for you, but start the conversation.

Conversation Starter: Distracted Walking

Why: The new school year has started in our part of the country, and a member of our group commented that she’s seen a lot of kids who don’t bother to look up from their devices when they are crossing the street, much less check both ways. When she saw her very own 15-year-old son do the same thing (something she never thought she’d see), she made a point to talk to him and her 11-year-old daughter about distracted walking.

What: The term “distracted walking” is used to describe anything that can take your attention away from walking, like wearing headphones, texting, talking on the phone, or reading (rare but true--one of us did that as a kid). With more kids carrying cell phones and other electronics, the number of injuries and deaths—especially for teenagers—has gone up too.

Start the conversation with your kids about paying attention while walking. Do they do any of the things on the list? Do any of their friends? How loud is the music they're listening to? How often do they look up while they are walking?

Share stories like the one in this video. Your kids might not want to hear it and they might complain, but let them know you love them and want them to be safe. They may act annoyed at the time, but they will hear you and will think about what you said the next time they are out walking. It's worth having the conversation. 

More Information:

http://www.safekids.org/press-release/1-5-high-school-students-crosses-street-while-distracted-technology

http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_age/teens-15%E2%80%9319-years/field_risks/pedestrian-safety

http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/blog/dangers-distracted-walking-talking-children-about-pedestrian-safety

http://abcnews.go.com/US/distracted-walking-petextrians-endangering-streets/story?id=32990067

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