PROM AND GRADUATION SAFETY TIPS

May 13, 2015 at 4:53 PM | Posted in Safety Tips, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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It’s that time of year when we start to see very excited teenagers wearing prom dresses, tuxes, caps and gowns. Proms and Graduations are always a great reason for parents and their children to celebrate. Many will celebrate by attending or throwing parties which, more often than not, lead to the consumption of alcohol. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the number of traffic accidents and deaths for teens is higher than any other time of the year. Here are some tips to help keep you and your children safe during this exciting time.

ATTENDING PARTIES

For Youth:

  • Share all of your plans with your parents – give them locations and phone numbers
  • Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged
  • If you don’t have a cell phone, keep extra money on you in case you need to call for a cab
  • Always stay with a group of friends and watch out for each other
  • Don’t leave any of your food or beverages unattended
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs – if you do consume either, do not drive
  • Call your parents, a trusted friend or a cab for a ride – do not get in a vehicle that will be operated by someone who has been drinking or using drugs

For Parents:

  • Make sure that you know you child’s plans – get locations and phone numbers
  • Contact the adult hosting the party to verify that they will be home and that there will be no alcohol or drugs permitted
  • Arrange for transportation beforehand and let your child know that you are available to pick them up if they feel unsafe regardless of the reason or the time
  • Discuss the consequences of violating the school’s rules and your rules pertaining to prom and graduation
  • Agree on the time that your child should be home and let him/her know that you will be awake until they arrive

HOSTING A PARTY

  • Set clear rules in advance and discuss the consequences of breaking them
  • Parents should be present during the entire party – greet guests at the door to make sure they were invited and you know them
  • Watch for bags large enough for alcohol or drugs to be smuggled in – have guests leave their belongings in a room that you can monitor
  • Have snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in the area where the teens are congregated
  • Randomly wander through the area where the teens are congregated to say hello – be visible
  • Do not allow any teen who leaves the party to return

We hope that parents and youth work together to make Prom and Graduation one of the happiest, most memorable times in their lives by keeping everyone as safe as possible.

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