If your teen starts sleeping over at a friend’s house a lot, but doesn’t leave a phone number and forgets a toothbrush, or uses makeup to conceal tired eyes, she may be going to a rave.
“As a social worker in a high school, I see kids coming in Monday morning who look like walking zombies,” says Ray Pidzamecky, founder of Parent Watch in Halton Region, where social workers, parents and police work together to find solutions to teen problems.
“Parents should start looking for signs like their kids leaving for the night with knapsacks, or an interest in the Internet on Thursday or Friday. Do bed checks in the middle of the night, check coat pockets for rave flyers, and become educated about raves and the dangers associated with them.”
Pidzamecky believes the entire community must come together to stop raves from taking place.
“It’s going to take a fatality to make a change,” he says.
Parents can call the following numbers for support: Parents for Youth, (416) 921-8092, or Parent Watch, (905) 847-2887 (Halton).
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