The peer pressure to drink – or get into some other kind of trouble – can be tough on a teen. But there’s a way for a teen with a mobile phone to slip out of those uncomfortable situations. It involves a parent, a secret code and a phone call.
It works like this: The teen texts a secret code – something agreed-upon by the teen and the parents – to a parent. The parent responds immediately with a phone call.
For the teen, It gives a way out that says, “Well, my mom just called. I was supposed to do something, I have to go run and do that, but I will catch up with you guys later.”
It’s something parents can talk about with their teens – for instance, as part of a broader conversation about teen drinking.