• COVID-19

    TBD

  • Alcohol

    It's important to set clear rules and expectations around alcohol early on.

  • Drugs

    As a parent/guardian, drug use is often one of the biggest concerns when it comes to allowing your teen to celebrate Schoolies.

  • Sex

    When it comes to sex, don't assume that your teen is across it all.

  • Social media and privacy

    Leading up to Schoolies, make time to share some tips on how your teen can keep themselves safe whilst using social media.

  • Mental wellbeing

    Schoolies is often promoted as the best week of your teen's life but this is often not the case.

  • Rights and responsibilities

    Regardless of where your teen is choosing to celebrate Schoolies, it’s important that they are aware of the laws surrounding alcohol, drugs and responsible behaviour may be different in each state or country.

Teens don’t need to drink alcohol to have a good time, and not all of them do chose to drink. It’s important to set clear rules and expectations around alcohol early on, and to also talk through strategies to help your teen feel comfortable in situations where they might feel pressured to do something they don’t want to do.

As a parent/guardian, you may think you are keeping your underage teen safe by providing them with a limited supply of alcohol but this isn’t always true. Not only can it be dangerous, it is illegal for you to supply alcohol to a minor in an unsupervised situation and you can be fined up to $10,444.

*N.B. The above video was filmed prior to current COVID-19 restrictions. Whilst it may refer to Schoolies, the general content and safety messaging still applies in everyday life and beyond graduation.

Top ten discussion points for the teen who chooses to drink alcohol:

  1. it is illegal to drink alcohol under the age of 18
  2. it’s an offence to supply alcohol to someone under the age of 18 – your teen could face fines of up to $10,444
  3. it is illegal to drink in public and to be drunk in a public place – no matter what their age. These are the laws for all of Queensland at all times.
  4. under 18’s can’t carry alcohol in public (even if they’re holding it for a mate whilst he does up his shoe lace)
  5. it’s okay to say no – if they think they’ve had too much or don’t want to drink at all, just say no
  6. avoid mixing alcohol and medication (or any type of drug) - the side effects could be very serious
  7. take it in turns to always have one sober friend
  8. give your body a break - just because they’re on holidays doesn’t mean they have to drink every night (the human body is not designed to party for seven straight nights)
  9. if your teen (or a friend) have had too much to drink, let them know they shouldn’t risk it and always call Triple Zero (000).
  10. balconies can become very dangerous after drinking alcohol – stay well away from them if under the influence.