Things you can do to protect your children—and yourself:

  • Do not allow underage drinking parties in your home.
  • Do not supply alcohol to anyone under 21.
  • Talk to your adult children about not providing alcohol to their underage siblings and friends.
  • Be at home when your teen has a party.
  • Drop into the party occasionally to make sure alcohol is not brought in by others.
  • If you are planning to go out of town or away overnight, have a relative or neighbor check on your teen, or have the teen spend the night at a friend or relative’s home with adult supervision.
  • If you are planning to go out of town or away overnight, notify the Watertown Police and they can check on your house from time to time.
  • Monitor your children on social networking sites (i.e., Facebook) to see what’s going on in their life.
  • Talk to other parents to make sure they are not providing alcohol to your child.
  • Provide alcohol-free activities in your home and make your child’s friends feel welcome.
  • Report underage drinking violations to local law enforcement.

For more information about social host liability go to: www.socialhostliability.org