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Keep teens safe in party season

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 30/11/2012

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A meeting to help parents keep their teens safe this party season is open to all caregivers.

Organiser and guidance counsellor Barbara Divehall is hosting The Parents Link together with the police this Wednesday evening.

"Both of us recognise that the community has a problem with teenage parties these days getting out of control," she says.

The free meeting is being held at Botany Downs Secondary College but is open to all parents regardless of where their child attends school.

It will cover topics such as how parents can network with each other to counteract the online social networking of teenagers and how to improve their social-life safety.

"It's about putting things in place in the family so that your child's safer when they go out."

Mrs Divehall encourages any caregiver with a teenage child to attend.

Youth aid Constable Marc van Krieken says the meeting is timed before the busy summer party season starts.

"In the past year there has been an increase in the number of youths involved in the youth justice process as a result of out of control parties," he says. "We are looking at prevention first and if we can get there and educate some of the parents before some of these parties happen then we are fulfilling that role."

Senior Sergeant Laurie Culpan says frontline staff were asked to close down a young person's party at a house in Flat Bush on November 17 when the hosts found it had got out of control. He encourages people to register upcoming parties so Ormiston police can check on the party through the night. Phone 261 1300 to register.

The Parents Link will be at Botany Downs Secondary College on December 5 at 7pm.

Contact b.divehall@ bdsc.school.nz.

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