Homecoming 2012: Tips for Safety

Homecoming celebrations give high school students the chance to cheer their team to victory, get dressed up and dance the night away with friends — but students should not forget safety during these celebrations!

Homecoming should be a fun and carefree night for teens, not a night that ends in tragedy. Unfortunately, peer pressure, underage drinking and teen driving can sometimes lead to tragedy.  Having the right discussion with your teen can reinforce the importance of safety during homecoming evening. Here are some tips to making sure your teen has a fun and safe celebration.

Safe Driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the number one cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group. When a teen is escorting teen passengers, the risk for motor vehicle crash increases even more. If your teen is at the driving age, make sure you reinforce the rules you have set forth for them.

Remind your teen of the dangers of drinking and driving and make sure they enforce the wearing of seatbelts for all of their passengers. Also reinforce the dangers of distracted driving, such as using a cell phone and talking to passengers. Distracted driving can greatly increase the chance of motor vehicle crashes. Tell you teen not to hesitate to call you if something happens and they need a safe ride home or to and from activities.

Peer Pressure
Talk to your teen about dealing with peer pressure. If they are accompanying a date to homecoming, arrange to meet the other parent(s) before the dance. Explain to your teens that self-respect is important, and it is ok not to give in to something just because others may be doing it. Make sure you set ground rules for where your teen can go. If they are attending a party after the dance, get all the details– who is hosting and supervising it, contact information for those parents, etc. Make sure your teen knows you are just a phone call away.

Underage Drinking & Drugs
Your teens may be pressured to drink or try drugs during homecoming or at a party afterwards. Give them the tools they need to make the right decisions. Discuss refusal methods and ways to stand up to peer pressure. Again, remind them that you are just a phone call away.

Homecoming is such a special experience for teens, but it's important to make sure your teens are prepared for anything that might come their way. In the event that an accident does happen, you can count on our experts here at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Visit us online to learn more about our designation as a Provisional Level II Trauma Center, and see all our our service offerings.

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