Surprisingly, teens themselves offer insights into the parenting strategies that are most effective in steering them away from alcohol and drugs, according to SADD’s Teens Today research.
- Set and enforce curfews.
- Stay up until they return home.
- Require that they call (no texting) to "check in" from time to time.
- Talk with friends’ parents to ensure supervision.
- Restrict overnights away from home.
In short, stay involved. Young people who avoid alcohol and drugs are more likely than those who don’t to report that they have a close relationship with their parents. They are also more likely to say that their parents exercise a lot of "control" over various aspects of their lives, including where they go, what they do, and whom they are with.
For additional statistics, please visit SADD’s website.