A Safer Prom Night

It’s soon to be the time of the year again for high school students.  Junior and Senior proms are right around the corner in most districts on Long Island. This time of the year is considered quite important to the typical high school teenager. This is the chance for them to participate in a formal outside school event with all of their friends. The event is also a chance for students to act out as a full on adult, as they dine, dance and socialize with one another without parental guidance. However, not as much time is put into this event as hoped for, in making it as safe as possible.

It is almost inevitable that a prom will involve exposure to alcohol or drugs. The evening involves many young teenage, inexperienced drivers who are excited for making their way to different pre and post prom destinations. Sadly, these destinations and activities have combined to make prom season a more dangerous one for high school students. Many times, serious traffic accidents often become the main feature of what should be an enjoyable night.

Before prom night approaches, parents and prom-goers need to sit down and create a strategy to help make prom night a memorable yet safe one. Parents, please consider the following tips:

  • Make sure to get all details on activities, including pre and post prom events
  • Confirm the night’s events with school officials and parents of your child’s friends
  • Consider arranging a safe post-prom activity where your children may be supervised
  • Clearly lay out your expectations to your son or daughter about acceptable behavior regarding their evening
  • Discuss transportation with drivers and/or passengers
  • Be sure that communications are set up with your child. If he or she does not have a cell phone available, find out the numbers where they can be reached during different times of the night
  • If necessary, consider arranging for a third party to handle transportation for your children (limo or taxi service)
  • Let your child know that they can contact a parent for emergency transportation should something go wrong, no matter what time of the night it is and let them know that there will be no lectures or punishments

Help make your child’s prom night an enjoyable and memorable experience, while keeping those safety strategies in mind before sending them off for their one in a life time evening as a high school teenager!

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