Distracted Driving is not the only risky behavior with cell phones; Consumer Reports now says that distracted walking is a growing problem. Consumer Reports found 85% of Americans had recently witnessed someone use a mobile device to talk, text, e-mail or use apps while walking. 52% of those surveyed saw pedestrians endangering themselves or others.

In recent years, “distracted walking” injuries have soared for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19. Parents should counsel children of this danger. And now that school has started, drivers should consider that children may not be able to hear you. According to Kate Carr, president of Safe Kids Worldwide, the rise in injuries is due to the distraction caused by the use of electronics and handheld devices while walking.

As the world we live in changes, so do the risks we face. Awareness is the first step in injury prevention.