Technology has changed every aspect of the modern world, from the way we shop, to the way we communicate, and even the way we drive. While these changes provide us with a myriad of benefits, they also come with some unintended side effects. As smartphones become ubiquitous, teenagers tend to experience the strongest wave of these effects. These situations can result in disastrous consequences for teenagers and their parents. For parents, one of the most anxiety-ridden aspects of adolescence is when kids become drivers. TeenSafe is a company that provides technological solutions for concerned parents and, thankfully, is now bringing its services to the world of driving. Read on for a look at the company and the innovative changes they’reintroducing through their new service.
Before diving into the latest release from TeenSafe, let’s take a look at the company’s past work in helping teens stay safe in the modern world. Since 2011, the company has provided parents with a host of tools to help them navigate their children’s smartphone and social media use. These tools have helped parents monitor texts and information access. They even help parents account for their children’s location. Thanks to TeenSafe, parents from all walks of life have found a sense of security in the knowledge that they can introduce their children to technology in a manner that is both progressive and safe. Parents can allow children to expand their horizons and capabilities in stride with the pace of modern society.
After the success of TeenSafe’s past products, the company plans to release new tools that can aid teens and parents in another area of concern: driving. The new service, Focus by TeenDrive, promises to be a powerful tool for any parent concerned for their child’s safety. As most parents are aware, the operation of a motor vehicle can be an extremely hazardous activity for new drivers. Traditionally, parents have concerned themselves with the possibility that their children may end up behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. More modern studies, however, show that there’s a new hazard that poses an even greater risk.
A recent article by Newsday reported that distracted driving, the use of a smartphone while driving, has overtaken drunk driving as the number one killer of teenagers behind the wheel. Statistics show that distracted driving causes ten percent of fatal crashes among those between the ages of fifteen and nineteen. In fact, some studies have found that you are twenty-three times more likely to get in a crash if you’re texting while driving.
Effect on Teens
While these statistics are worrisome for all, they are especially troubling for teenagers and their parents. Partly because teenagers’ brains are still developing, many find it difficult to decide to avoid phone use while driving. That’s why TeenSafe is introducing their new service, Focus by TeenDrive. The service will provide a variety of features intended to promote safety for teens behind the wheel. One key feature prevents the teen’s phone from receiving texts, calls, or social media alerts while driving. The lack of temptation will help teenagers focus more completely on operating their vehicle.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that, in 2016, excessive speed was a contributing factor in 31percent of fatal crashes involving teenagers. This new service will help parents ensure that their teens stay under the speed limit at all times.
TeenSafe emphasizes that, although the service blocks calls and texts, users can still make emergency phone calls. So parents can rest assured that their teen can still contact the proper authorities if they find themselves in a situation that requires immediate assistance.
The advent of technology in modern society has promoted interconnectedness and ease of communication, but certain side effects can still pose a threat to segments of the population. Teens are especially at risk for many of these negative ramifications. More parents are turning to companies like TeenSafe in their search for ways to protect their children. The company’s upcoming service, Focus by TeenDrive, promises a complete suite of features to keep teens protected behind the wheel. In this way, the company continues to build on their legacy of making technology safe for all.
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