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Cheers & Fears

Cheers & Fears

Prom and graduations, where safe celebrations and good times can get along.

Safe celebrations. If you're a kid, it sounds so uncool, right? Maybe, but it sounds a lot better than past headlines from the months of May and June. For instance: Teen in Illinois killed in crash after prom (LINK: http://abc7news.com/news/teen-in-illinois-killed-in-crash-after-prom/727651/),

But this post aims to help you take positive steps, not to scare you into action. We all know the temptations that come around especially heavy in May and June of prom and graduation time. We were all young once--and some like to think they're forever young.

Here are seven steps toward a wildly safe time for this year's prom-goers and graduates.

  1. Be woke: (Do you like our hip use of woke?) Well, we're actually playing off the word. You should plan to be awake when your prom-goer/graduate comes home. You should also be keenly aware of the dangers and pitfalls this time of year. (Type "teen," "killed" on way home from "graduation" and or prom.)
  2. Find out what safe celebrations are offered in your area. Often schools have a Project Graduation, or other soberly-titled party, where they spend the night and are bussed home the next morning. If you haven't heard your teen talk about it, make a point to ask. You're not nosey: You're a parent.
  3. Make sure rideshare options are on their phones: Uber, Lyft, whatever the lastest might be.
  4. Have the party at your house. (This might bring its own set of problems*, but you'll be there to oversee them.) *(LINK: http://drugfreenh.org/creating-safe-celebrations-for-youth)
  5. If the party won't be at your house, be sure it's not far away with no parents on site. You might recall the large party that took place in Sunapee, NH in 2015. Well, those weren't locals, they were 74 new grads from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. (LINK: http://www.andovertownsman.com/news/cops-tipped-off-to-underage-party-involving-phillips-academy-graduates/article_df4235dc-11bf-11e5-8da5-df8d7838b989.html).
  6. Team up: Talk to other parents, and even ask them to help sleuth out safe alternatives, or even hang with you at your house party.
  7. Talk to your teen. How do they think they can celebrate in a way that won't break any laws or any limbs? Your teen is graduating high school, so they may have an idea or two about how to get the best of both worlds. Hear them out. (But in the end, know you're the boss.)

Here's the thing: Teenagers can still have a wild time after prom and graduation, and not put themselves in danger of arrest, injury, or even death. There's a way for wild and safe to go hand in hand, it just requires forethought, teamwork, and parameters.

Further resources: 

6 Tips to Create a Safe Prom and High-School Graduation Season for Your Teen - (LINK: https://drugfree.org/parent-blog/6-tips-to-create-a-safe-prom-and-high-school-graduation-season-for-your-teen/)

(LINK: https://www.sadd.org/wp-content/media/2016/04/SADDTAI-Prom-and-Grad.pdf)

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Friday, 20 July 2018