What you need to know to keep your Teen safe on Prom Night.

Every parent worries when teens are out late, and prom night is notorious for after prom parties, which creates an even greater sense of worry. There are some steps you can take to make sure your teen remains safe on prom night. First, know your child's prom date. It is a good idea to meet his or her date as well as any friends that may be accompanying your teen, to make sure you are comfortable with your son or daughter hanging out with these friends.

It is also a good idea to have your teens check in on prom night. You can set up prearranged times when your child should check in to let you know that he or she is all right. If you intend to go out on prom night, make sure your son or daughter has the appropriate contact information so he or she can reach you at all times, not only to check in but also in case any problems arise.

If you do decide to let your teen attend an after prom party, make sure that adult chaperones will be present. It is best to call and speak with the parents yourself before prom night arrives. Parties where no parents or adults are present tend to lead to trouble. Talk with your child about drinking and drugs and make sure he or she knows that such things will not be tolerated. Lay out clear consequences for breaking these rules in advance, but also let your child know that you will come and pick him or her up if necessary, no matter the situation.