I didn’t know my son was drinking. He told me he was doing homework at his friend’s house.
When kids are caught drinking, nine out of 10 times parents are completely in the dark about their children’s alcohol or drug abuse. According to Sgt. Tommy Jensen, with the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona. “It’s up to parents to pay attention when their kids are going and coming home from these events. To make sure their kids haven’t been drinking.”Lieberman stresses the importance of parents talking with their kids on a regular basisand having family meals together. He also tells parents to look for signs of substance abuse by checking the Internet history on their laptops and periodically reading text messages and e-mail.
“Most kids don’t think about their future. They think about here and now,” says Jensen.
“I think it’s up to us, as parents, adults, teachers and police officers, to remind kids, that, hey, you do want to do things in your life and you do want to have a future. Start thinking about that now. And the easiest way to jeopardize that is to get involved with alcohol and drugs.”