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Risk-taking and teenagers

Risk taking in the teenage years is common and it's natural for you to worry about your child if they’re taking unnecessary or dangerous risks. There are a number of things that you can try to help your teenager learn how to take positive risks. If you'd like to understand more about why risk taking is a common part of teenage life, read our fact sheet on risk taking and teenagers. You can also talk to other parents on the forums about practical things they’ve tried or share your story to help others.

Otherwise, see below for our top tips on what you can do to help your teenager take risks safely.

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What to do about risk taking behaviour

Not all risk taking is negative, some risky behaviour can have a positive impact on your teenager.

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