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Posted on May 13, 2013

Hosting a Prom Party? Eight Tips for a Safe Celebration

Hosting a Prom Party? Eight Tips for a Safe Celebration

Contact:  Andy Duran:      [email protected]
                  Khris Condon:   [email protected]

 For Immediate Release from SpeakUp! Prevention Coalition and LEAD

Hosting a Prom Party? Eight Tips for a Safe Celebration
Compiled by SpeakUp! Prevention Coalition and LEAD

Prom is right around the corner and with it comes many celebrations.  If you are a parent who has graciously offered to host a prom party, SpeakUp! Prevention Coalition and LEAD want to share some tips about keeping teens safe.

1.     Make sure you know the guest list.  Limit the amount of guests attending
2.     Be clear about the party “ground rules” with the attendees
3.     Keep the party someplace open and visible
4.     Supply non-alcoholic beverages for the party.  Use cans instead of bottles, as they are harder to refill
5.     Make sure that you stay home and stay up until the party ends

As the host, you are ultimately responsible for the teens attending the party.

Of equal importance, if your teen is going to a prom party make sure to know who is hosting. You can always call the party host to get additional information.  If you are not sure how to begin a conversation with the host, here are a few tips:

6.     “I understand that you are having a party this evening for the kids.  Are you going to be around?  Is there anything I can bring?  You know, my husband/wife and I are really concerned about the kids and drinking.  How do you feel about that?”

7.     “I heard that you are having a big group of kids over this weekend.  Do you need some other parents to help?  What kinds of things can we do to make sure kids aren’t bringing in alcohol?”

8.     “Hi, you don’t know me well but I thought I would call to talk about the prom party you are having Saturday night.  I am really concerned about the kids drinking that night.  Would you like some help with the party?  I am willing to bring food over or help keep an eye on the party with you.”

Let your teens know that they can call you at any time.  Decide on a “safe word” that allows for an immediate pick-up from a party if they do not feel safe.    In addition, remind your kids that you will be up when they return home.  Be clear with your teen about acceptable behavior.  For example, “Don’t drink and drive” is not a clear no-use message to teens.  If you don’t want your teen drinking, you need to be clear and concise.

Lastly, you’ve probably been talking with your teen about drinking for the past few years.  But, now is a good time to encourage your teen to hold off using alcohol until they are 21.  Teens are still undergoing tremendous mental and physical development and using alcohol during this period can have troubling side effects.

The SpeakUp! Prevention Coalition and LEAD work to educate parents and youth about alcohol and drug use in the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff/Knollwood communities.  Their goals include the promotion of healthy family relationships and the prevention of alcohol, drug use and other risky behavior by youth.  Interested in learning more about the SpeakUp! Prevention Coalition or LEAD?  Looking for more information on how to talk to your child about drug and alcohol use?  Feel free to visit their websites at www.speakupcoalition.org or www.leadingefforts.org

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