Talk with your student about fostering individual and civic responsibility and practicing safety on a regular basis.
- Give him/her tips such as traveling in groups and locking their doors.
- Explain the risks associated with alcohol and your expectations while he/she is at school.
- Addressing your academic expectations is often a good way to emphasize that class and assignments always come before social activities.
- If your student does decide to drink alcohol, tell him/her to stop and think about how much he/she has had to drink. Encourage him/her to always make plans in advance and explore other modes of transportation.
- Listen to your student and what he/she tells you. If something he/she says concerns you, talk to him/her about the importance of being safe. Make sure you take time to understand what he/she is saying so he/she continues to talk with you and seek your advice.
- Encourage your student to think long term in regards to what decisions could do to long-term goals.
- No matter what - remember that even the best of students fail. Don’t give up on your student.