Are ride sharing services safe for teens?

Most parents concerned about safety of teens using ride sharing services

1 in 8 parents say their teen 14-17 years has used a ride share service compared to 1 in 3 parents of 18-year-olds. Two-thirds of parents were concerned or very concerned that a ride share driver might sexually assault their teen. 3 in 4 parents were concerned the driver would not be driving safely, such as speeding or being distracted by their phone.

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Pay-to-participate: Impact on school activities

Does “pay-to-play” put sports, extracurricular activities out of reach for some students?

Most middle and high school students participate in school sports, arts and/or clubs; however, 18% are not participating in any school activities. School sports are substantially more expensive than arts or clubs, with fewer no-cost options for participation. While 29% of parents say the cost of school activities is higher than they expected, only 7% have ever requested a waiver or scholarship for participation fees.

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Keeping medical marijuana dispensaries away from children

Parents: Keep medical marijuana dispensaries away from children

3 in 4 parents feel medical marijuana dispensaries should not be allowed near elementary, middle or high schools. 7 in 10 parents think they should have a say in whether a dispensary is located near their child's school or daycare. About half of parents were very concerned about people driving while impaired if a dispensary were located near their child's school or daycare.

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Preventing colds in children: Following the evidence?

At least half of parents try cold prevention methods for kids that have little or no evidence of effectiveness

Almost all parents encourage personal hygiene habits (such as frequent handwashing) to prevent colds in children, consistent with scientific evidence. Half of parents have given their child vitamins or supplements to prevent colds, despite no evidence that these products prevent colds. Many parents still believe in non-science "folklore strategies" for cold prevention, such as not going outside with wet hair.

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