Parent Pledge

Academic Year of 2014-2015


  

This is a written commitment from parents to their child and to other parents. Parents agree that youth will not have access to alcohol or other drugs in their home and that they welcome communication with other parents.

 

Hudson SAFE Parent Pledge

 

Talk to your child about the 5-point promise:

  1. I promise to host safe, alcohol-free activities and events in my home.
  2. I encourage other parents to call me when their teen will be at my home and to be at home when my teen has a party.
  3. I promise to pick up my child if they are in danger and need a ride home. Questions can wait until the next morning.
  4. I promise to talk to my teen about where they are going, what they are doing, whom they are with and when they will be home.
  5. I promise to talk to my teen about the dangers of using controlled substances including prescription drugs.

Protect your children by following these guidelines when hosting teen parties:

  • Host safe, alcohol-free activities and events for youth
  • Refuse to supply alcohol to children or allow drinking in your home or on your property
  • Be at home when your teenager has a party
  • Make sure your teenager’s friends do not bring alcohol into your home
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at youth events

The Hudson Safe Pledge is a written commitment from parents to their child and to other parents. Parents agree that youth will not have access to alcohol or other drugs in their home and that they welcome communication with other parents.
 


 


 

Know the Rules…Understand the Consequences

Wisconsin Underage Drinking Laws

  • As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21 under any circumstances, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission.
  • You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.

If a parent breaks the Wisconsin law

  • You can face fines from $300-$1,000 per underage person served, 30 days to 9 months in jail, and/or community service.
  • If you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property, you can be held liable and sued in civil court and may also face criminal charges for serious injuries or property damage.

 


 

Know the Facts

Parents play a major role in their children’s choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. A recent national survey of parents and teens by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found one-third of teen partygoers have been to parties where teens were drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, or using cocaine, ecstasy or prescription drugs while a parent was present. By age 17, nearly half (46%) of teens have been at such parties where parents were present. As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home,

even with their parent’s permission. You also cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol. There are legal consequences if you do. Simply taking away the car keys does not solve all the problems related to underage drinking. Every day, at least six youth under 21 die from non-driving alcohol-related causes, such as drowning and suicide. Delinquent behaviors also increase with underage drinking.

You can protect your children by following these guidelines when hosting teen parties:

  • Host safe, alcohol-free activities and events for youth
  • Refuse to supply alcohol to youth or allow drinking in your home or on your property
  • Be at home when your teenager has a party
  • Make sure your teenager’s friends do not bring alcohol into your home
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at youth events
  • Report underage drinking

Our youth deserve to live and grow to adulthood in an environment where alcohol is not misused. Let’s be unified in our message, and host alcohol-free parties with plenty of fun activities to show our youth that we care about their future. More information about the Parents Who Host, Lost the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking campaign and Drug-Free Action Alliance is available at: www.drugfreeactionalliance.org. Source: www.drugfreeactionalliance.org

 

Parent Party Tips: If your teen is giving a party:

  • Help your teenager plan the party. Make a guest list and invite only a specific number of people.
  • Have your child pass out or send invitations and try to avoid the “open party” situation.
  • Don’t send e-mail invitations. They can be forwarded to a large number of people quickly and you lose control of who has this information.
  • Put your phone number on the invitation and welcome calls from parents.
  • Set rules ahead of time such as no alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Set a start and end time for the party.
  • Let attendees know that if they leave, they can’t come back.
  • Have plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Plan some activities such as music, games, movies, etc.
  • Let your neighbors know in advance there will be a party and that you will be there to supervise.
  • Familiarize yourself with your community’s noise ordinance.
  • Limit the party access to a certain area of the house/property.
  • Have a plan for dealing with vehicles. Include parking information on your party invitation.
  • Call parents of any teen who arrives in possession of alcohol or under the influence. If you can’t get in touch with the parents, keep the teen there or call the police if necessary. You can be civilly liable if you know they have been drinking and you let them leave.
  • Secure all forms of alcohol, firearms and other potentially hazardous items in your home in a safe place.
  • Make regular and unobtrusive visits to the party area with sensitivity to teens’ needs for privacy and independence.
  • Invite some other parents to help chaperone if there will be a large number of teenagers.

Source: www.drugfreeactionalliance.org

 

Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a nationwide, non-profit charitable organization founded in 1987 whose mission is to lead the way in promoting healthy lives through the prevention of substance abuse and related problems. While the organization was originally developed in Ohio, it has now been embraced throughout  the country.  Specifically, St. Croix County is working with local organizations like Hudson SAFE to increase public awareness of substance abuse and to help develop programs to keep our youth safe and drug free.  For more information , please visit the website drugfreeactionalliance.org. Source: www.drugfreeactionalliance.org

 

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Photograph Courtesy Hudson Star Observer