Talk Risky Behaviors

Keeping Kids Safe

As children get older and become teenagers, they start making their own decisions about things like drinking, doing drugs, playing with guns, and other peer-pressure activities. 

Parents and role models can get ahead of this by understanding what might be dangerous, putting protective factors in place, and having open and honest conversations about these topics.  

Talking heart-to-heart with kids about things in the world today that are dangerous or that put them at risk of harm helps keep them safe and encourages them to make good choices. 

Balance Tech Time

One of the most important things we can teach our kids is how to make healthy, thoughtful decisions, especially when it comes to time spent on phones and laptops.  

The earlier kids start to learn the basics, the stronger those skills will be in adulthood. Talking with kids about how to manage tech time empowers and encourages them to use it wisely and only when they need it. 

Learn how to balance your family’s tech time today. 

Who Has Access to Your Guns?

On average, 154 people die by guns in Nebraska every year.   

Gun safety means doing more than simply putting a firearm in a drawer for anyone to find and accidentally shoot. Learn the best practices to lock up your guns and protect everyone in your family from a tragic accident. 

Tips, Tools & Resources

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