After-School Freedom: After school when you are still at work, your child and his friend might congregate at your empty house and do as they please until you arrive home. A few hours is plenty of time to experiment.
When the Cat is Away ... : Your teen insists on going to a friend's house for the night when you're going out for the evening. Once you've left, your teen returns home to your unsupervised house with a group of friends. (Watch out for: holidays, anniversaries and other special occasions.)
The Cameo Appearance: When attending a school dance, your teen is allowed to leave the dance at any point in the evening. Why is this a problem? Many couples will take their picture at the dance to prove that they attended and then go to an empty house to party.
For a complete list of helpful signs to understanding teen behavior and access to prevention tips and tools to help get the conversation started with your teen this month, visit TimeToTalk.org.
Research from the Partnership has consistently found that kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs, yet only 31 percent of kids report learning about the risks of drugs at home. Research also shows that by 8th grade, many kids have been exposed to tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and inhalants and a significant number of middle-schoolers have already been exposed to dangerous substances such as Ecstasy, cocaine, or heroin. (1) With access to conversation starters and a supportive online parent forum where parents can connect and share experiences with parents in similar situations, TimeToTalk.org empowers parents to take an active role in prevention.
"Many parents want to trust their children and let them experience
freedom during their teen years, but in today's world, every parent should
be as involved and aware as they can be of everything that is
|SOURCE Partnership for a Drug-Free America|
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