Prom season is a time of excitement for teens and potential worry for their parents. Preparing for this big event by keeping communication lines open between teens and parents can go a long way in keeping safety in mind. Below are seven reasonable guidelines to help do that.
- Reinforce with your teens the presentations on safety their school has provided. Prior to proms, schools frequently hold presentations about the dangers of reckless driving and alcohol use, often inviting local fire departments and EMTs to demonstrate similated car crashes.
- Coordinate with other parents for safe after-prom activities. After-prom parties are tremendously popular, but need chaperones to help prevent drug and alcohol use. Poor supervision and drugs at parties have already killed in the Washington Metro area this year.
- Confirm that your teen can reach you at any time and let them know that you are available to help them leave uncomfortabel situations.
- Draw up a prom contract to let your teens know your concerns and expectations for them. As we’ve blogged previously, prom contracts are extremely valuable for communicating those concerns and expectations.
- Communicate with your teen’s driver to ensure that no one drinks or uses drugs on the way to or from the prom. As limos and party busses become more popular, supervision becomes more challenging for parents.
- Know the facts about risky behavior and make sure that your teens do too. About 1,000 teenagers die in preventable accidents during prom season each year.
- Remember that hosting teen parties with drinking is against the law, and could result in a lawsuit or jail time for the host.
By following these tips, it’s easy to have a less stressful and safer prom season. If you or your child is hurt in a prom related-injury, our Washington D.C. based attorneys might be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.