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.
- Lexology.com says 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.
- According to 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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