With prom season and graduation fast approaching for high school students across the country, now is the perfect time to talk to your teen about prom safety—the importance of making responsible decisions on prom night.
And while your teens are probably more concerned with what they will wear and who are they going to the prom with, talking to them about the importance of making safe and responsible decisions on prom night should be your top priority.
Here are four prom safety tips you should talk to your teen about before they venture out:
Unless your teen is taking a limo to his or her prom, one of the most important things to discuss with your teen is the importance of driving safety. If your teen is driving, you should remind him or her about the dangers of distracted driving and how to avoid getting distracted by other passengers in the car.
Unfortunately, some teens often partake in illegal activity on prom night, including drinking alcohol. Instead of avoiding this topic, talk to your teen about the dangers related to drinking, why they should not drink, and ways to politely but forcefully turn down an alcoholic beverage. You should also talk to the parents of your teen’s friends to make sure they are talking to their kids about abstaining from drugs and/or alcohol.
Before your teen leaves, discuss their plans and/or agenda and who they are planning to go with and where they are going after prom. Make sure you have a list of contact information for the parents of the other teens in their party. Also, instead of calling your teen every hour, agree to have your teen text you every hour or so or when they change locations. This way, you will always know where they are without being an “overbearing” parent.
Unless your son or daughter is sleeping over somewhere you know he or she will be safe (like a friend’s house), you should always set a curfew. Even if it’s a few hours later than their typical weekend curfew, setting up a time when your teen should be home will keep them more accountable for their behavior. Before your son or daughter leaves, you should also discuss the consequences of breaking the boundaries you’ve agreed upon. While it’s important to be understanding and to show your trust, it’s even more important to ensure your child is staying safe.