Kids Who Know Election Issues Have Less Risky Behavior
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VOTING ELECTION 2004 KIDS PARENTS BEHAVIOR POLITICS
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When kids are engaged in society, research suggests they may be less likely to experiment with risky behaviors like drugs and violence, and more likely to feel better about themselves and about helping their community. Parents have to start early, and reinforce the message by repeating it often.



Newswise - It's a basic American right, and the cornerstone of our democracy. But could voting be good for you - and for your kids?

Yes, says a University of Michigan professor who studies human behavior -especially if you get kids involved in discussing election issues early in their lives, and show them again and again how voting matters.

If they're engaged in society in this way, he explains, research suggests they may be less likely to experiment with risky behaviors like drugs and violence, and more likely to feel better about themselves and about helping their community.

But as with any effort to steer people toward behaviors that are good for them and for society - whether it's voting, quitting smoking or eating healthy foods - you have to start early, and reinforce the message by repeating it often.

And what better time than this election season to start getting your kids on track to learn about, and eventually take
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