Most Parents Say Tsk, Tsk to Tattoos for Their Teens

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most American parents would forbid their teen from getting a tattoo due to concerns about possible infection and future job prospects, a nationwide survey finds.

The poll of more than 1,000 parents found 78 percent said they would not let their 13- to 18-year-old get inked.

About half expressed concern about infection, scarring or transmission of hepatitis, HIV and other diseases through unsanitary needles.

Half of the respondents also worried employers might hold a negative opinion of a tattooed worker, and 24 percent feared a tattoo would reflect badly on the parents themselves. The most common concern was that teens would go on to regret their decision (68 percent).

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