If your student becomes injured or ends up facing a legal issue as the result of spring break activities

As thousands of students undertake the annual trek to Florida and all points sunny for this year’s spring break, moms and dads everywhere begin their own annual ritual: incessant worrying over their children’s safety. Unfortunately, statistics say they have good reason to worry. Every year, thousands of students engage in risky and even unhealthy behaviors, like heavy drinking, drug use and unsafe sex, and hundreds of students end up being injured or poisoned by alcohol or drugs.

Parents whose kids are planning to head out with friends during spring break – or any time, for that matter – should take the time to discuss safety issues with their kids before they hit the road. Here are a few topics that should be a part of your discussion:

· Always use the buddy system. Be sure at least one person with whom your child is traveling will be willing to stay with your child at all times, especially in unfamiliar areas and around strangers. Make sure your child knows never to leave a bar or other area with a stranger.
· Ask for their itinerary, including names and telephone numbers of hotels where they’ll be staying. It’s also a good idea to have the cell phone numbers of their friends. Ask your child to call and check in at specific times.
· Discuss underage drinking and the risks of drinking too much even if your child is over 21. Make sure your child understands the very real risks of alcohol poisoning.
· Also make sure your child understands the risks of drug use, including going to jail, becoming permanently impaired or even dying.

Even if you don’t think your kids will be receptive to your safety guidance, it’s still worthwhile to have the conversation. You may think your words are going in one ear and out the other, but there’s a good chance that at least some of what you say will make an impression that could prevent your child from engaging in risky and potentially harmful behavior.

If your student becomes injured or ends up facing a legal issue as the result of spring break activities, hiring a lawyer to represent their needs is critical to ensuring their rights are protected. Baird Law Group is experienced in handling all kinds of legal matters, from personal injury cases to criminal litigation. Their entire staff understands how devastating it can be for a young person to face a legal issue, and they are ready to provide the guidance needed to navigate the legal process successfully. To learn more about Baird Law Group, visit their website at www.bairdlawgroup.com or call them at 813-849-2679.