Now that your child has reached the major milestone of graduation, the
occasion deserves a party. However, the celebration shouldn’t involve
throwing caution to the winds, because it only takes one error in judgment
to result in a tragedy. Here are some guidelines for graduates as well
as their parents that will promote safety.
Tips for Graduates
First and foremost,
don’t drink and drive. If your driver has been drinking, refuse to be a passenger in the car.
You can always say “no.” Don’t allow peer pressure to force you to make unwise choices.
do not be afraid to call your parent or a trusted adult if you encounter a situation where you need help.
Apprise your parents of your party plans, and include addresses and phone numbers.
Don’t leave food or beverages unattended.
Be familiar with signs of alcohol or drug overdose, and call 9-1-1 if you see someone displaying them.
Tips for Parents
Require adult supervision at your child’s party.
Drugfree.org, teen car accidents and fatalities increase late at night. They recommend
setting a curfew and being up when your child arrives home.
Stay in contact with your child while they are at the celebration.
If you are throwing the graduation party,
serve nonalcoholic beverages and don’t permit anyone to bring liquor into your home. Bar entrance
to uninvited guests.
Tell your teens to
call upon you to pick them up if they feel unsafe for any reason.
For more information, see
Eight Ways to Ensure a Safer Graduation Party.
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