April is prom season. It's a special time for all high school students to experience something that they'll likely remember forever.
Don't let the experience turn tragic. Here are some tips to offer your teens to be safe this prom season.
If your teen is planning on driving their own car for prom, make sure they are prepared:
- Limit the number of teens that are going to be in the car. Distraction can be tragic can behind the wheel;
- Make sure your teen knows the rules of the road, make sure there are seatbelts for everyone and that everyone in the vehicle wears their seatbelts;
- Make sure your teen is familiar with driving at night. Safety is paramount;
- Drive alert. Your teen must always stay alerted while driving. Complacency can be dangerous. Make sure your teen has a safe curfew to keep from being tired behind the wheel;
- DON'T DRIVE DRUNK! Not only is underage drinking is illegal, but it's dangerous. JUST DON'T DO IT.
Prom Safety Tips for Parents:
- Make sure you know where your teen is. Have an itinerary of where they will be—no exceptions;
- Decide on a curfew for your teen. Make sure they abide by it;
- Express to them that you trust them, and make it clear that “trust” is something that must continually be earned and re-earned;.
- Possibly decide on a limousine/shared parental transportation/Uber/Lyft for your teen. This will eliminate so many variables.
Talk to your teen, and get all of the rules clearly understood.
Prom is supposed to be a FUN time. Don't let it get overshadowed by bad choices or bad circumstances.
Download our free teen and parent contract: