Prom night is one of the most exciting nights in every High School student’s life! Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous nights. But with a little preparation, this night of glitz and glam can be safe and extraordinary. Here are some tips:
1. Make a Plan and Stick With It
Plan an off-the-charts, alcohol-and-drug-free after-party in a safe location. The availability of good, clean fun will make it easier to say “No” to bad choices. With a little preparation, prom night can turn into the funnest memory, like, ever!
2. Prepare for Peer Pressure
Yes, there are always the ‘other’ kids who offer temptation. Parents, talk with your kids about what to say and do when fellow prom-goers drink or use drugs and encourage those around to do the same. Why not practice “sticking to your guns” with role-play, humor, confidence-boosters, and maybe even incentives?
3. Stay with Friends
Pledge to stick together with your friends, and to look out for each other – especially when going to off-campus parties and events. Pledge to come and leave with the same group, hold each other accountable, and practice responsible behavior.
4. Focus on your Driving.
Don’t drink, don’t take drugs, don’t let yourself get over-tired. Even more importantly: DO NOT DRIVE when you are under the influence of substances. Keep in mind that distractions – such as texting, music, even excited talking with friends – can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
Parents – be sure that “your”group of students has a designated driver, consider hiring a driver or limousine service, or make yourself available to be the chauffeur for the night.
5. Get home safely. Live to tell about it.
Need we say more? Wishing all teens (and parents) a fun, memorable and safe prom season!