Lock-Up MedicationsMore and more tweens and teens are turning to prescription drugs to get high. They find these drugs at home - in medicine cabinets, purses, drawers, on table tops, and in bathrooms. Tweens and teens have even been known to pass out prescription drug trail mix, a mix of prescription drugs, at parties.
Be sure you throw out all prescription drugs that are no longer needed, and keep those that are in a safe place. It's also important to be aware of the amount of medicine you have, in case any goes missing.
Over-the-counter drugs also pose a potential danger to children looking for a buzz. Keep cough syrup, allergy medications and other over-the-counter drugs in a safe spot, out of your tween's reach and out of sight. Out of sight is out of mind, in many cases. Keep track of the medicines you have, and note if they have been used without your knowledge. If necessary, place a lock on your medicine cabinet or your medicine drawer.
Store Alcohol and Cigarettes in a Safe PlaceCigarettes and alcohol are a big temptation to tweens. Even if you've talked with your tween about alcohol and tobacco use, you'll need to keep track of the alcohol in your home and when and if it's used. If necessary, place it under lock and key.
As for cigarettes, your children are more likely to smoke if you smoke. Take every opportunity you have to quit, and enlist the support of your children to do so.to stay home alone, or supervise younger siblings, should also take a first-aid training course.
Lock-up Guns and Other WeaponsGuns and other weapons should always be kept under lock and key. Guns should be unloaded, and gun locks should be in place. In addition, speak with your child about gun safety, and that the weapons should never be used for play, or shown to your child's friends. Make it very clear to your tween that he is not allowed near the weapons unless you're there and supervising.
Program Your Cable or Satellite DishIf you have cable television or a satellite dish you may be able to block out programming that you don't want your tween to watch. Take advantage of these options, but also talk with your tween about shows that you think are inappropriate and not allowed. Be specific about why you consider these shows inappropriate, and make it clear to your child that you expect him to obey your wishes, whether he's home alone or under the supervision of an adult.
Childproofing Your ComputerBuy internet blocking or screening software, but also make it clear that you expect your child to only visit sites that you pre-approve. In addition, be sure your child understands that she is never to give out personal information over the Internet - information such as name, address, phone number, or where she lives.
Keep the family computer in a highly visible spot, such as the kitchen or the family room. Think twice before allowing your tween to have a computer in his or her room, where you may not be able to notice what's going on online.