• When drinking

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

  • Around drugs

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

  • With sex

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

  • Out and about

    Information for when you're child is out at Schoolies.

  • With 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.

  • Relationships and wellbeing

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

  • Accommodation

    You may think that the safest place for your teen to hang out during Schoolies is in their accommodation but often, it can be the place where risk taking behaviour is at its highest.

  • During schoolies

    Your teen may have zero expectations of staying in contact with you whilst their away at Schoolies but we encourage parents / guardians to stay in touch with their teens during their time away.

Your teen may have zero expectations of staying in contact with you whilst their away at Schoolies but we encourage parents / guardians to stay in touch with their teens during their time away.

  • Before your teen heads off to Schoolies, lock in a communication plan with them e.g. they will message you at 10am every day or you will call at 3pm every afternoon etc
  • By day three and four, your teen may be overtired, be running out of money or over Schoolies entirely. This is a very important time for parents to check in with their teen especially if they have pre-existing mental health concerns. It’s a great time to see if your teen would like you to drop off a home cooked meal (if they are staying local), need any washing done or would even like to come home for a night.
  • Remind your teen of their chosen trusted adult and to call them at any time if they need someone to talk to
  • Make sure that your teen knows that they can call you at any time and that you will be there to help them or their friends
  • Get the contact details for the friends your teen is staying with, and their parents. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your teen’s friends have your contact details and that they know they can contact you in the event of an emergency.
  • Follow our Safer Schoolies for Parents Facebook page for updates and the latest information during Schoolies on the Gold Coast