Survey: Some parents OK with teen tattoos


If your teen asked permission to get a tattoo, would your give it?

According to a national survey, 10 percent of parents said they would, while 78 percent said they would not.

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health also found 27 percent of parents of teens age 16-to-18 and 11 percent of parents of teens age 13-to-15 said they had been asked by their teen for permission to get a tattoo.

Of the 10 percent of parents who had no problem giving permission, nearly all of them said they thought it would be okay as a reward or to mark a special occasion/remembrance or if the tattoo could be hidden.

The biggest social concerns parents have for teens getting tattoos: That the teens will later regret getting a tattoo, that it will affect their future employment opportunities, that it may reflect badly on the parents.

The top healthc concern: The risk of infection, scarring, the chances of getting diseases from improperly sterilized needles.

You can read the full survey results here.


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