Make sure teens have a safe, drug & alcohol-free Halloween.
Parental responsibilities don’t end when your kids get too old for trick-or-treating. When your children outgrow those nights of checking candy piles for unwrapped items, safety gets even more complicated and hands-on. Learn how to help keep teens safe this Halloween.
Avoid unsupervised parties
Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol are common at unsupervised teen parties and parties thrown by college-aged kids. Help your teen find alternatives if she’s disappointed by being unable to attend parties that could involve drugs and alcohol. Let her know that when she’s older, she’ll have many opportunities to celebrate Halloween with responsible drinking, but for now it’s out of the question. Let your teen know that you’re available as a ride (no questions asked) if your teen is confronted with a drunk driver or a driver under the influence.
Talk about drugs often
Talk about drugs before Halloween and throughout the year. Chances are, your teen already knows other kids who are using drugs. According to DrugAbuse.gov, 6.6 percent of 12th graders reported using marijuana daily in 2011. If you ignore the presence of drugs and alcohol in your teen’s life, you’ll miss key opportunities to talk about the consequences of drug use and abuse.
Encourage safe activities
During Halloween, teens may be presented with opportunities to engage in dangerous behaviors. Talk to your teen about avoiding behaviors such as pranking, running around neighborhoods at night, and attending parties. Talk to your child about safety issues such as avoiding dark areas alone, as well as responsible ways to treat others. Whether your teen is sexually active or not, it’s a good time to talk about safe sex.
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