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10 prom night tips for parents

May is the time of year for Prom.  Below are 10 safety tips for parents, to ensure a happy and safe prom.
Smiling teen couple going to prom
Know Her Plan
Make sure your teen has a plan for the evening and that you know it.

Group of teens getting picture taken at prom

Prom Parties
Know all of the “hot spot” destinations for pre- and post-prom parties.

Group of teen girls dressed up at prom

Talk to Her School
Work with the school to have food served during the prom.

Teens drinking on prom night

Alcohol and Medications in Your Home
Take stock of the alcohol and prescription drugs in your home, and make sure it hidden or locked up if your teen is having people over.
Well dressed teen getting out of limo for prom
Know Who is Driving
Know who is driving — if it’s a limo, check their policy on allowing alcohol in the vehicle.

African American Mom and Teen Son

Discuss Consequences
Discuss the school’s prom rules with your child and the consequences of violating them.

Smiling teen girl holding car keys out window

Encourage Car Safety
Encourage seatbelt use — the best accessory! Also talk to your teen about the dangers and dire consequences of drinking and driving.

Smiling couple going to prom

Hotel Parties
Do not rent hotel rooms for prom-goers.

Group of teen girls dressed up going to prom

Talk to Other Adults
Communicate with other parents and school officials.

Smiling teen holding high heels on prom night

Stay Awake
Stay up until your prom-goer safely returns home.
source: familyeducation.com
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