Archive for September, 2013

Celebrate My Drive

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

MADD Nebraska is excited to join with State Farm and ServeNebraska to rally schools, students and the community for Celebrate My Drive.

Celebrate My Drive is a nationwide campaign encouraging teens to make positive choices when they drive. MADD feels this event is important because we know that car crashes are the leading killer of teens, and their first year on the road is the most dangerous. By sharing positive teen driver safety messages with these young drivers, we give them a more powerful message that reaches them far better than scare tactics. Through MADD’s Power of Youth program, we work to add onto positive safe driving messages and add in positive decision making skills, especially when it comes to underage drinking.

Celebrate My Drive - HomepageWe encourage you to check out www.celebratemydrive.com to see if your school is already registered. If you aren’t, work with a school administrator to get your school on the site. If you are, get ready for October! Celebrate My Drive runs October 18th-26th, during that time frame students, parents and the community will be encouraged to make safe driving commitments on behalf of your school, the more commitments the greater the chance of winning prizes, did we mention there are prizes?! Your school could win grant money, or a grand prize concert with Kelly Clarkson.

We are so excited to be working with great partners to encourage area schools to get involved in this event. Not only is it a great chance to win for your school, but it is an amazing opportunity to keep youth safe. By bringing attention to driving safety and underage drinking, we help students to make positive decisions for their future. So join us to Celebrate My Drive and keep the youth of Nebraska safe!

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Keeping Our Kids Safe

Posted: September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Today marks the end of Child Passenger Safety Week, which works to bring awareness to the correct use of child car and booster seats. We here at MADD encourage parents to make sure their kids are safe by using these items correctly, but also want to bring attention to another aspect of child passenger safety, child endangerment.

In 2011, 226 child (under age 15) passengers were killed in drunk driving crashes, representing 20 percent of all child traffic fatalities, of which more than half (54 percent) were passengers in a vehicle with the drunk driver. Children are our most vulnerable population, and it is up to us to keep them safe.

“Child endangerment has reached a crisis level in our nation,” said Jan Withers, MADD National President. “Annually, MADD receives more than 17,000 phone calls related to child endangerment. Drunk driving with a child passenger is a form of child abuse and no child should ever be put in that kind of danger, especially by those entrusted to keep them safe,” Withers continued.

Nebraska is one of 44 states that have a child endangerment law, which means if someone drinks and drives with a child in the vehicle, they can be charged with a felony.  While we are incredibly proud of our state for having this law in place, we continue to work towards keeping our children safe from the dangers of drinking and driving. We want everyone to make the choice to use a sober, designated driver if they have been drinking, and we especially urge those who are taking care of children to think about how their choices affect those who have no choice. Let’s keep on working together to make sure children in our state are safe.

The Power of (Social) Media

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

When is the last time you checked out what your teenager was looking at on social media? If it’s been awhile you should think about logging into facebook to see what they see. New research has shown that photos on social media can actually make teens smoke and drink more.

Apparently, the peer influence parents have always feared, is working online now, through social media. It isn’t that direct pressure of someone asking a teen to drink, it is seeing that other kids are doing it. The study done shows that it is not the number of friends that a teen has on a social media site that influence behavior, but the photos they post of what they are doing. If teens see photos of their peers drinking and smoking, they are more likely to as well. The study points out that 95% of 12-17 year olds in the US access the internet every day.

So what to do? Make sure you as a parent are communicating and paying attention to what your teens are doing! Have conversations about alcohol. and have conversations about what your teenagers are posting online because risky behaviors posted online are a bad idea for so many reasons.

Read more about the study here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2409671/Is-Facebook-bad-childs-health-Teenagers-likely-smoke-drink-pictures-friends-partying-site.html