Prom season is upon us with all the excitement and challenges associated with this major event in your teen’s life.  Your family may be hosting a pre or post prom party for your teen’s friends.  
Normally I focus on keeping your teen safe in the car, but it’s equally important that she and her friends are safe in your home.  Follow these rules to make sure the party goes as you planned:
  •  When possible, do not have the party in a separate part of the house.
  • Parents need to stay visible during the party.
  • Bring in snacks or non-alcoholic beverages, wander through to say hello.
  • It is against the law to provide minors with alcohol.
  • Anyone who leaves the party will not be allowed to return.
  • Explain to your teen before the party that you are legally responsible for anything that happens to a minor who has been served alcohol in your home and that uninvited guests or those bringing in alcohol or other drugs will be asked to leave.

Here are a few more tips from Master Police Officer James Poer’s  Blog:

  • Know and discuss the school code of conduct before the prom with your child.
  • Find out whether the school code of conduct applies to off-site functions that have been approved by the school.
  • Know who your child is attending the prom with and obtain their cell phone numbers. Discuss the events for pre and post prom parties with other parents. Find out where they are located and who is responsible for maintaining good behaviour. 
  • Talk with your child about the dangers of club drugs, warning signs and who to notify for assistance.
  • Pre-plan and role-play answers that your child can use to get out of uncomfortable situations. (e.g., offered alcohol, getting a ride from an intoxicated driver, unwanted sexual advances,etc.)
  • Discuss guidelines and a curfew. Discuss the consequences of violating these rules.
  • Discuss travel plans, use a reputable limousine service that will not allow a person to bring or serve alcohol in the vehicle.
  • Know who is driving to the prom and who will be a passenger. Limit the number of passengers to increase safety and reduce driver distractions.
  • Talk to your teenager about the serious dangers and consequences of underage drinking and driving.
  • If your child’s plans change, confirm the change with the parents of other children.
  • Remind your child that you are there for them, if they need a ride home or to an after prom affair. 
  • You can see Master Police Officer James Poer’s Blog, Parental Courage at

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