STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Organizers of the annual 90FM Trivia Weekend are reminding parents to keep an eye on their teenagers during the contest.
Trivia coordinator Jim Oliva says Trivia is a family friendly event, but that some supervision should be in place. "The kids need to be chaperoned if they're going to have their own team, and it's to their benefit because there's things adults might know that the kids don't." Oliva has partnered with the Portage County AODA for a number of years on this matter, and says he's happy to do so.
Any parents who might be hosting a party should also remember not to provide alcohol to youth at that party. Oliva calls it an obvious move. "Parents have been given a responsibility to raise their kids and not act like a buffoon."
As for the weekend itself, Oliva recommends teams and families be prepared and take care of themselves. "Eat well, drink a lot of water and don't try to stay awake the whole weekend."
GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS OF STUDENTS DURING TRIVIA WEEKEND
IF HOSTING A PARTY . . .
EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE SAFE— Children, Youth, Teens, Students, Adults
· Set ground rules with your own children and let parents of other children coming know what they are. (A sheet of written rules and consequences helps all remember.)· Understand local and state laws and consequences about curfew and use of alcohol and other drugs by underage youth.· Have plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages available.· Ask parents of students coming to your home to help with food and supervision.· Arrange for one or more responsible adults to be awake and aware at all times.
DURING THE PARTY:
· Avoid easy access to alcohol for anyone under 21 years of age.· Notify any parent whose child arrives under the influence of alcohol or any other drug to come and pick them up. If parents are not available, call the police.· If a teen arrives at the party with alcohol or other drugs, confiscate, and call parents or police for assistance.
IF YOUR TEEN IS ATTENDING A PARTY:
· Know where and for how long they will be there.· Don’t hesitate to call the parents hosting to check out guidelines and also offer to help with food or chaperoning.· Make plans ahead of time with your teen on how to handle situations of concern.· Allow the teen to call for a ride home at any time they have a concern.· Phone the hosting family the next day and thank them for their hospitality.
Youth need boundaries and clear expectations with consequences. Although they may hassle you about them, the option of attending a party with boundaries or not attending any party will help them make the right choice.