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Tips to help parents keep high school graduates safe during the celebratory season

Friday, June 12, 2015

The high school graduation season is here, a time for graduates to relish their accomplishments with friends and family before taking the next step in their life journeys. Fun times are at hand, but danger looms if teens make poor decisions.

While your teenager may be near or already have reached the age of adulthood, he or she could still use your guidance to safely navigate the graduation party season.” Parents can help ensure their children’s safety by maintaining an open dialogue with their teens,” said NewBridge Services Chief Operating Officer Michelle Borden, a licensed clinical social worker.

Here are tips to help you help keep your graduate safe:

  • Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult social situations, like being pressured to drink or to take a ride from someone who has been drinking.
  • Make sure an adult is supervising any party your teen attends.
  • Ask your teen what his plans are for the night, who is driving and when he’ll be home. Insist that he call if plans change.
  • Offer to provide your teen a ride home at any time if he feels he’s in an unsafe situation.
  • Discuss family rules and the consequences of violating them.
  • Praise your teen when she uses good judgment in the face of peer pressure or temptation.
  • Make sure your teen’s cell phone is charged before he goes out.
  • Host an alcohol-free party at your home.

“Communication, guidance and advance planning can help steer them in the right direction,” Borden said. For more information, visit newbridge.org.

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