This extra time with your friends may put you in new or different social situations in new neighborhoods. You now have the important job of making more decisions for yourself and keeping yourself safe while you are having fun. If you forget about your safety, your fun can quickly turn into danger.
New social settings such as parties are a fun way for you to spend time with your friends. Most of the time parties are a safe way to hang out with your friends, but sometimes things can happen that can make a party a dangerous place to be.
It’s important to think ahead and know what to do if a party gets out of control.
Here are some very important tips on how to stay safe at a party:
- Never leave a party with someone you don’t know very well. There will probably be people that you don’t know at a party. Stick with a group of your friends you know well. When you’re talking with new people, get to know them and decide whether or not you can trust them. It’s always safer to go home from the party with the friends you went to the party with!
- Never be alone with someone who has been drinking or taking drugs. Alcohol and drugs affect people differently, so someone that you know well could act very differently and be a threat to you.
- Always get your own drink. You should always get your own soda and open it for yourself. That way you know exactly what you’re drinking, and you can be sure that no one put any drugs or alcohol in your drink.
- Never put your drink down. It’s important that you always keep an eye and a hand on your soda, bottle of water, or cup. If you set the drink down or get it from someone else, then there’s a possibility that a person could put alcohol or a date-rape drug into your drink. These drugs dissolve (come apart) leaving no taste or color, so you wouldn’t even know if a person were trying to use them on you. The effects of these drugs are extremely dangerous and often lead to rape situations. If you do set your drink down and walk away, just go and get yourself another one and leave the first one on the table or pour it out.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs. Taking drugs or drinking alcohol puts you at risk. You may be taken advantage of because your judgment will be impaired.
- Tell your parents and friends where you are going. It’s important that your family and friends know where you are. They may need to contact you, or, more importantly, you may need to contact them if you find yourself in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation.
- Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t drink and drive, but also never get into a car with someone who has been drinking. Drinking and driving puts your life in very serious danger, and it also puts other drivers on the road and other innocent people, such as children playing near the road, in danger too. Call your parents to pick you up or get home with someone who has NOT been drinking at all. Even one or two drinks can affect a person’s judgment, reaction time, and ability to drive safely.