Scaring Kids Straight With Graphic Advertising: What Took Them So Long?
My hopefully always safe little girlies are 5 years, 4 months & 4 weeks old.
I firmly believe in getting through to our kids in any ways we need to. It’s a tough world to grow up in. Tougher than any generation before it, as far as I believe.
People still glamorize smoking cigarettes, maybe not as much as they once did, but it shouldn’t be done AT ALL! Smokers in school with our own children create the biggest temptation for them, sadly. Kids try to fit in and ‘be cool’, though we know it is anything but. I personally call cigarettes ‘cancer sticks’, but as you see below there are many, many other body parts affected by this disgusting yet very hard to kick habit then just the well-known lungs.
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I believe that kids need to know the facts no matter how harsh they may be to watch, it WILL save lives: Example…
Texting and driving
Most every teenage driver, and yes even us older drivers to, know all about this all too common practice and the temptation to send back a quick text, but there is SO much danger in doing that. We don’t ever get to see the direct consequences unless we are unfortunately involved in them. These commercials deeply impact scare just about anybody and also save lives. I wish they played them more often and as soon as texting first came out. I only started seeing them in the past year or so.
You can watch some of the videos of the many dangers of various topics discussed here after the post is over. You can scroll down now if you wish.
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The importance of seatbelt wearing.
My husband doesn’t like to wear his belt. He isn’t used to it. He worked on trucks for over 30 years and did deliveries constantly so he claimed he never could wear one and do his job without it taking forever. I’m so glad he’s out of there now. I always make him put on his belt if he isn’t wearing one. It’s always been important, but the sad fact is that kids and young adults often feel invincible. I know, I admittedly was one of them. Now I have made it habit. IF I forget (VERY rare) Mikayla will surely remind me.
Facts don’t lie!
When you are in your car make buckling up a habit. Share this knowledge with your new drivers and show them the scary consequences. Also, show them what smoking can and will do to them. I have seen these consequences with my own family, and I just pray that all of the secondhand smoke I endured as a child and teen myself doesn’t one day harm me. With what we know now, how could one still smoke? How could kids still be going into tanning salons? It boggles my brain!
These commercials (some shown below) are SO powerful, and there are many more of them. Watch them, show them to your kids, at the proper time naturally. If they came out sooner and with such power and shown so frequently as they are now, how many addictions could have been prevented? How many lost lives might have been saved?
I find these ads EXTREMELY powerful. I was one who would text people at red lights, took a risk alone once or twice, and now I’d never EVER do any of that. Adults are not immune. People think, ‘Oh, I’m a great driver. I’ll keep it short and sweet. Nobody will get hurt.’ That is bull! It’s as dangerous as drinking and driving and maybe even more so. Neither is a good thing, but kids don’t see the massive dangers. Certainly nothing like drinking and driving to them, but that is wrong. Eyes are off the road, and something bad is bound to happen. It’s only a matter of time.
I think we need more ads about the drinking and driving subject. Did I ever do that? When I was very young I did it two times, and let me tell you God give me an experience where nobody got hurt THANK GOD, but it was absolutely life-changing, and I never EVER had a one drink and drove again.
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In all of these things it isn’t just your life or God forbid your children’s lives. How could a parent EVER live with that? (I can’t imagine taking risks with kids in the car, but people do all of the time.) But there are also OTHER lives at stake. Things people forget sometimes. Innocent people that are doing the right thing. How is that fair? It’s certainly not.
My brother has done it many times, and has gotten caught 3x’s, and he’s been lucky. But eventually luck runs out in all of these things. One day you WILL be involved in a crash, and your seatbelt might just save my life. You WILL not text and drive until you are 85 and NOT have an accident. You will NOT smoke forever and have zero repercussions. You will not drink and drive your whole life through and NOT bear some consequences to it. Some will be deadly.
Some parents like to baby kids, but me, I don’t baby them when I feel they are old enough for it and when it comes to these subjects. If my child were to refuse their seatbelt I would show them these commercials. If they ever thought to drink and drive, or if I found out they ever did, I’d show them the dire consequences we see online, but they don’t show enough of on the television set.
And all teens and young adults (even older ones) NEED to watch these texting commercials. You can be an excellent driver, but taking away your eyes from the road for even one second can end more than just your own life. These commercials helped me to now ALWAYS resist the urge to pick up a beeping cell phone. I won’t even read a message, much less reply. In fact the very best thing to do is shut the dang thing off to resist all temptation. Tell your kids to do this. I have. Turn it back on when you reach your destination – case closed!
Nobody is invincible at any age.
Share these videos (or this entire post) with your kids if they are at a place in life where you feel that they need to be scared straight. Open up their eyes. After that we can only pray they make the right choices because of it. I think these are more powerful than our own lectures as parents, but in combination we can help save our children’s lives and the lives of others.
We do have the power as parents, and I’m so glad they are airing these more realistic commercials. I believe they have much more power and influence vs. the older ones. Also, they play them often now to. I like that! They are scary yes, but they are REAL! Reality isn’t always pretty. That is what everybody needs to be aware of no matter your age.
Be safe and educate! Sometimes it’s necessary to scare our kids straight!