Parenting expert and Huffington Post contributor Erika Katz (bondingoverbeauty.com) has put together her top safety tips for prom night. Here’s what she sent me:
Get the phone numbers of your child’s prom date and at least 5 friends so you can reach someone. Inform your child, you expect them to answer their cell phones and texts should you call them.
Give Your Kids a Curfew – There is nothing your kids can do after 2 a.m., that they can’t do before 2 a.m. Its not a trust issue, it’s a safety issue. Do you really want your kids roaming around after 2 a.m.?
Remind your child that everyone has a camera. With cameras hidden everywhere, it is so important your child realizes not to behave in public in a way that might cause them shame if it ended up on YouTube.
Colleges can take away what they have offered. A college acceptance can be revoked for illegal behavior and for getting expelled from high school. Prom night is not Vegas. What happens on Prom night could jeopardize their future.
No. 2 is a no brainer on the curfew but I think No. 1, 3 and 4 are good ones.
I think No. 4 is good for basically all of spring quarter of high school. Kids just don’t think that a school prank could end up being a felony and not only get them thrown out of college but put into jail.
I would totally steal the line “Prom night is not Vegas.”
And I think it’s also good to remind them to think about what they are purposefully posting to Facebook or their Flickr or Tumblr accounts. They need to know colleges and future employers are looking.
What are your modern prom rules? What should parents think about that’s different from their prom? Is having sex and drinking/driving still parents’ main concerns on prom night or are there different pressing issues now? (I think I want to ask my former babysitter who went to prom two years ago to write something on this. Hmm….That smell of smoke is my mind working.)