NPR – Morning Edition

May 12th, 2010

Dr. Ponton appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition on May 10, 2010┬áin the story Q&A: Teaching Kids To Take Healthy Risks.

Part of raising a child is helping him or her define boundaries. It’s a balancing act that requires knowing when to let a child take risks in safe environments versus taking risks in a situation where they could endanger themselves or others.

NPR talked to two experts about the role of risk-taking in the teenage years, and how parents can help a teen engage in less risky behavior. Lynn Ponton is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; Laurence Steinberg is a professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia.