Now that Spring break madness is coming to an end, the next concern on many parent’s minds is Prom/Graduation parties. Getting a DUI is no fun and it’s important for parents to have the conversation with their teens so they are fully aware of the repercussions of drinking and driving. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers has a 48 page handbook on their website that gives parents tips on how to go about having the discussion. Some of the key points as summarized are as follows:
*Emphasize the drinking age is 21.
*Educate them about how alcohol slows down motor skills, reduces inhibition and impairs judgment.
*Discuss ways to get out of uncomfortable situations when peer pressure arises.
*Discuss reasons why they shouldn’t drink. Tell stories of the death and destruction drinking and driving can leave behind.
*Discuss your position on underage drinking and what the consequences will be in your own home.
Another way to add to this discussion is to have your teenager take an 8 hour online alcohol and drug awareness class, Minor in Possession or DUI class. These classes are available to fulfill court requirements but also work well as a deterrent. Research shows that the younger a person learns about the negative repercussions of alcohol and drug abuse and drunk driving, the lower the chances that they will engage in this risky behavior. This is why MADD makes such a point of having presentations at the high school level. It helps to scare teens straight.
A simple, interesting and engaging way to add to your discussion with your teen is to have them enroll in a class online like those provided by the AJ Novick Group, Inc. High quality courses are now available on the Internet, so you don’t have to drive to a classroom or add one more activity to your already busy schedule. Online DUI classes can be accessed at any time of the day or night. Teenagers enjoy using computer technology and also like to stay up late, a perfect combination for an online course.
Teens will learn about the drug, alcohol and DUI problem in America and how drugs directly affect their bodies and minds. They’ll learn about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and what happens when you try to drive a car after drinking. The long and short health risks of alcohol and drug use are enough to make any young adult think twice about succumbing to peer pressure. Participants also walk away with new skills in stress management and how to communicate with others. It’s a great way to take a proactive approach to the overall problem.
Online alcohol and drug classes are also often court approved. If your teen has been caught for an open container violation or obstruction of justice, a Minor in Possession class can fulfill the court ordered education requirement. Just ask your judge for prior approval of an online class and your teen can stay in the safety and comfort of your own home to learn the material. A certificate of completion is issued upon the successful completion of the course to prove to the court system that the requirement was fulfilled.
Have your teen take an online DUI, alcohol and drug awareness or MIP class today for a safer, brighter tomorrow.