Some parents are adamantly opposed to allowing their teen to attend prom and other similar parties. Some enter into a discussion with their child about whether or not they should attend. And then there are those who allow their children to go to these types of events, but want to ensure as much safety as possible. If you are of this latter group, here’s how to maximize party-going-teen-safety.

  • Know where your teenager plans to be throughout the evening.
  • Make sure that their transportation plans are reasonable and safe, and discuss the dangers associated with drinking and driving.
  • Tell your teen that he or she can always call for a ride home at any time of the night, and to never get in a car with a driver who has been drinking. Make them feel that they can call you with help in any situation, for it’s better for your child to leave a potentially dangerous situation than to stay out of fear of getting in trouble.
  • Speak with your child about the importance of being able to have a good time without being inebriated!
  • Discuss the dangers associated with underage drinking.
  • Encourage your teen to stay with friends who will look out for one another, and speak about the difference between positive peer pressure and negative peer pressure.
  • Explain to your child that he or she should not leave his or her drink unattended.
  • Set and discuss firm guidelines, a reasonable curfew, and define what the consequences will be if they break those rules.
  • Do not provide alcohol to your teen or his/her friends at your home. Under state laws, you may face jail time, fines, and criminal penalties for giving alcohol to a minor.