I remember back in the day when 90210 was all the rage, and parents nationwide threw a fit when Brenda decided to lose her virginity to Dylan on prom night. Not much has changed, and prom night will always entail sex so, it is important that parents aren’t in the dark.
Prom is an exciting time for both parents and their teenagers. However, teenagers are also all about the after party. Why? The after party is where deviant behavior is likely to happen. Drinking, drugs, sex, wilding out so to speak, is at the forefront of most after parties.
Having said that, the after party is probably the most likely place for teenagers to cut loose and have some fun. Most proms have strict rules. Drinking is grounds for removal. Causing any sort of raucous also likely to get you booted from a prom. As a result, the after party becomes the big event, and it is there that teenagers are most likely to engage in sexual acts.
Parents should be aware of the after party. Who is throwing it? Where is it? Are people spending the night, or do you impose a curfew?
These are questions to ask your child, and although you can’t control what goes on at an after party, you can be aware of the setting, the whereabouts, and trust that your child is mature enough to handle the peer pressure that accompanies an environment where drinking, drugs, and sex are likely to occur.
Talk, talk, talk to your teen. Approach the conversation with knowing what’s up. They might be surprised with your knowledge of what goes down at an after party. And having that conversation with a heads up on the on goings at an after party, is a great place to start.
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Last reviewed: 1 May 2013