Going to a concert is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences that you can give your teenaged kids. But when it comes to safety for teens and concerts, you can never be too careful regarding safety. With that in mind, here are a few things to keep in mind if your kids are going to be heading out to see a show.
There’s Strength in Numbers
When there’s a group of people keeping an eye on each other, there’s nothing safer than having a group of people that are looking out for each other. What this looks like while vary depending on the age of your kids and where you are headed. Either way, the teens at a concert should be instilled with a sense of responsibility for each other. This will reduce the risk of someone making a bad choice or have something inappropriate or illegal be done to them.
Having a trusted parent chaperone go along for the ride can be helpful, too. Even if the adult has a seat in a separate section of the arena, there’s a much greater chance that your kids and their friends will be safe and make better choices. Again, what this looks like will depend on your own family’s dynamics. You might feel a lot more comfortable being right there with your kids. Either way, numbers will help to increase safety.
Schedule a Meeting
Whether it’s shortly before the concert ends, or after the crowds clear out, having a meeting spot for your kids arranged and clearly made known can help your group to avoid getting lost in the crowd. Everyone has smartphones today, so putting the exact time and location into the phone before you head out for the show can help you to avoid any sort of confusion or misunderstanding.
Pay Attention to Safety Measures
This is a big one. The world has changed a lot since 9/11. Security measures are put in place at big venues because of how the world has changed. Although this is an area that is still growing, security measures have come a long way in the last few years. Encouraging your teens to understand this fact and to pay attention to the established security measures will help to keep them safer from outside threats. Those safety protocols are in place for a reason, so pay attention to them.
Familiarize Yourself with the Venue
It’s important to be familiar with the concert venue for a few different reasons. The first is more practical. If your kids know where they are sitting, where the exits are, and what backup choices there are for getting out of the stadium, getting into and out of the concert will be a lot easier and a lot faster. The second reason why this familiarity is important is it helps with emergency preparedness. If something does go wrong, your teens will have a much better chance of getting out of the venue and back home much more safely. Go over a map of the venue with your child before the event and make sure that they understand the layout. This is also a good time to double check that they know where your meetup spot is.
Avoid Certain Areas
In an emergency situation, certain areas of a venue will be more unsafe than others. Teach your teen to avoid these areas if possible. This would include areas with a lot of glass, high-foot-traffic bottleneck areas, and areas that are highly visible from a high vantage point. The odds of an emergency are very slim but ensuring that your kids know what to do and how to keep themselves safe can provide you with some extra peace of mind while they are out enjoying themselves.
No one should need to worry about their safety while they are out enjoying a concert, and your teens are no exception to this rule. As parents, we have a duty to keep our children safe and to help them learn how to keep themselves safe. A concert is an amazing experience, especially when it’s a band or performer that your child adores. Helping them to stay safe and to look out for themselves while they are having fun can make that experience even more memorable.