When my kids were teenagers going out with their friends, I used to tell them, as all moms did, to “Be careful”. But I have sons, and I quickly learned that wasn’t likely, so I changed to “Be smart”. Well, they were teenagers, so I again had to change my thinking. The household motto became “Be safe”.
While I certainly don’t mean to imply that my boys were not intelligent (they absolutely are) as teenagers they were not always cognizant of the difference between what they could do, and what they should do. Just because you are able to ride a unicycle down the steps at the park, and just because you are careful enough to wear a helmet, does not mean that this should be done. Reading a consumer report is not entirely different.