Month: July 2015

Why teenagers are more prone to taking risks



If you have spent any amount of time with a teenager, you’ll have no doubt wondered why they often take risks. Risky behavior almost seems to be a part of growing up, and finding your place, while also discovering the world.

From time to time, teenagers do stupid things: they play around on railroad tracks, they walk across busy roads seemingly oblivious to oncoming traffic, and they occasionally experiment with drugs and/or alcohol.

But why do some teenagers behave this way? What is it that drives them to make a conscious decision to involve themselves in risky behaviors?

Is it all down to peer pressure?

Can pressure from their friends cause a teenager to behave almost irrationally? In some cases this could be true, but in actual fact a lot of it has to do with their brains. As children grow, their brains are less able to calculate risk as much as adults are. In fact, our brains don’t stop developing until we reach our early twenties. This is why a lot of teenagers indulge in risky behaviors, and it’s all down to the fact that they cannot assess risks as well as older people are able to.

So what does this mean?

The fact that a teenagers brain has not yet developed fully, means that they are more likely to take risks. This is something that every parent should be aware of. In fact, most people know that when children become teenagers, their behavior changes, and they can act somewhat irrational at times, so I guess it’s no real secret.

Will they always take risks?

It’s safe to say that while some teenagers probably take considerable risks every day, most of them don’t. Most teenagers are pretty smart and rational, and they just want to live a good life. This means that they want to look after their health, visit their doctor when they’re ill, visit their dentist when they need braces. You should click here o find out more, and lastly, most of them also want to further their education.

Not every teenager is a big risk taker

As I mentioned earlier, not every teenager is a big risk taker, but people in their teens are more likely to indulge in risky behaviors than they are at any other age. I guess it all boils down to their personality, what you allow them to do, and where they live. A quiet rural area may have fewer risks available than a busy city does.

As long as you can teach your teenager the difference between right and wrong, and ultimately how they can keep themselves safe, then they should be less risky than those who are allowed to do whatever they want.

Get your website up and running



If you want your business to be successful in today’s world, then you need to make sure that it has an online presence. I know a lot of smaller companies are a bit unsure about going online, but it is the way forward.

If you are faced with the prospect of designing your own website, you may find it a little overwhelming. Ideally, you will have some computing experience, and know a little thing or two about websites. If you are totally in the dark about websites and how to design them, I would suggest looking at a list of web design companies who can help you out. Paying someone else to do the hard work for you, could potentially save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.

Going it alone

If you are brave enough to go it alone, then you may appreciate the website design tips that I’ve listed below:

  1. Make a note of what you want on your site. This is a good way to get started, and it also ensures you have the chance to change your mind, before you use your computer.
  2. Think about how you would like the UI (User interface) to look. Studies have shown that visitors to websites typically look at specific parts of pages first. Think of a web page that has a horizontal line running through it. Now imagine the top section of the page, and again, draw a line half way through – this is where most of your viewers will look first, then they will look to the left and right of the page. Bear this in mind when designing your website.
  3. Add a grid section to your design so you can structure the pages layout, and size requirements.
  4. Choose which fonts you’re going to use. Use no more than 2 types of fonts on a website. Always make sure the fonts you choose are very easy to read.
  5. Choose the colors you want to use. Make sure that you use a limited range of colors so the site doesn’t overwhelm.
  6. Make it easy to navigate. The layout should therefore highlight the most important aspects of your site.
  7. Add detail for that finished touch. Websites can look a little plain, so make sure you use some artwork or a bit of gradient just to make the site look natural and pleasing to the eye.
  8. Sharpen those pixels so they aren’t blurry. This will ensure a clean finish
  9. Be prepared for different layouts on different devices. Some plug-ins will allow you to make your site suitable for use on tablets and mobiles.
  10. Work on your site until you’re fed up with the design. This may sound odd, but the more you work on your site, the more you will see where you can change things. You’ll learn as you go along, and you’ll see where you can make those changes. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to start from scratch, it just means that you should be prepared to make changes until you’re happy.

A lot to consider

There is a lot for you to consider, but if you’re prepared to go ahead and create your own website, you should be prepared for a lot of work. Following the above tips should help you get a little closer to creating a website you can be proud of.

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