Keeping teenagers safe on nights out

Whether your teen is at university or still living at home, here are some simple tips to help keep them safe and sound on nights out without spoiling their fun

Teens still living at home

One of the trickiest decisions is when your teenager is ready to go out without you. All kinds of issues will affect this – personality, social circle, how safe local streets are for traffic, etc. It’s also a good idea to sound out other parents.

Once you’ve decided your son or daughter is ready for ‘grown-up’ nights out, here are a few tips.

  • Make sure your teenager, friends and other parents are all clear on what the plan for the night is, who will be dropping off, picking up, etc.
  • Offer to charge up your teen’s phone and check it has credit on it.
  • Do the same with any travelcard – in many areas of the UK teenagers get free or cheaper bus travel. Make sure your teenager knows about bus routes and times they can make the most of this, it saves them money and can help then get home if needed.
  • It’s likely that your teen will be offered alcohol at some point. Make sure they’ve got strategies to say No.
  • Set a time by which your teen has to call or text so you know how they’re doing, and a time when they have to be home.
  • Make sure you stick to your side of the deal. Be at a meeting point on time, or make sure you’re at home so they have a reassuring welcome when they get in.

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Teens at uni

Hopefully by the time they go off to uni, your son or daughter will have already got into good habits when it comes to keeping themselves safe on a night out, but it pays to remind them of a few ground rules, especially since they’re likely to be in a new city.

  • They should always plan ahead for how they’re getting home. The students’ union often offers subsidised travel to bring people back to campus.
  • Their mobile phone should be charged and have credit on it.
  • Safety in numbers is a good adage. They should avoid travelling alone late at night.
  • They should carry a personal alarm. (Contrary to many people’s preconceptions, these are just as important for boys as girls. In fact, statistically, boys are more likely to be attacked in the street.)
  • If they drink, they should do so responsibly.

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Thank you for the advice. With a teenage daughter who at times pushes boundaries when wanting to be out with her friends it's very useful.

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We have found that taxis are more likely to pick young people up at night if they use the firms App or if possible a parent can set up an account with a password with a taxi company and give their son/daughter the details. That way they are always sure of a taxi home even if they have no cash. The account can always be settled between parents of the young people who socialise together ��

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very good advice

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Thanks for pointing the tips out so clearly and concisely! I showed my teenage daughter the feature and said "see its not me being a pain......its common sense for parents!!!!" :-)

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