Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Friday, October 18, 2013

PARENTING: Is Your Teenager Using a Fake ID?


New research shows just how common it is for youth today to obtain a fake ID which can be used to purchase alcohol or enter establishments where alcohol is served. Arria and colleagues found that 66% of their youth sample had used a fake ID, and that’s a scary number. In addition, the researchers show that using a fake ID is also correlated with a higher likelihood of alcohol use disorders later in life.

What to Do: If you’re a parent of a youth, specifically ask your child if he or she has ever used a fake ID (and we know what they’ll say), and then explain some of the dangers of using one illegally. Specifically, do a little research online; read about teens who have recently been arrested; and show your child those articles online so that you can discuss them together. Say, “If, by some chance, you ever got arrested, what would that mean for your life?” Give them some prompts: “That would mean everyone at school might find out; you wouldn’t get to take that trip you’ve been wanting to go on; and you might not get into that college you’ve had your eye on.” Kids need specifics; otherwise, they will tune you out!

Check out the research here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131017173636.htm.

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