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Common risks at parties
You might worry your teen will be exposed to risks such as:
Drinking alcohol under the age of 18
Having non-alcoholic drinks spiked
Consuming illicit drugs
Driving under the influence
Violence or aggressive behaviour
Illegal behaviour and Police involvement
It’s challenging balancing your teen’s need for freedom and adventure while keeping them safe.
Don’t despair! There are ways to minimise the risks but still allow them some freedom to explore and experiment safely:
Make sure they have a way to contact you in case of an emergency
Arrange for a back-up contact person if needed
Talk to your teen about your concerns in a calm, low-key way
Find out where the party is, who is hosting, who may be attending
Give them information on how to handle potentially dangerous situations eg in an emergency they need to call 000
Give your teen information about the risks that accompany drug taking, under age drinking and unprotected sex
Other ways to help your teen stay safe at parties
You can encourage safe behaviours including:
Parenting a teen can be hard but there’s always somebody you can talk to or something you can try
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