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What Every Parent Should Know About Spring Break

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

Spring break is about to get underway for thousands of college students and high schoolers. But before your teen hits the road, here's some tips every parent needs to know.

It's no secret that spring break means party time. The week long celebration takes Texas beaches by storm.

" I've been to spring break a lot and you're going to see a lot of stuff on the beach that you definitely wouldn't see any other time of the year. It's a crazy time," said college student, Cody Hayes.

But you'll also see a lot more law enforcement officers, including the TABC agents, who'll be out to keep the craziness under control.

" We want the Spring Break group to act responsibly and to think about the potential consequences for any action they may take," said Mitch Dill with TABC.

If you think your child can't be tempted into risky behavior, you may be surprised. A recent study by the American Medical Association confirms a large number of college women say their alcohol consumption and sexual activity increases during spring break.

The Medical Association and others say kids are especially vulnerable to peer pressure during spring break. That's why it's so important for parents to talk to their teens about the consequences of risky behavior.

Parents should also arm themselves with specific details about where their kids will be vacationing, when they'll arrive there and when they'll return.

There's nothing wrong with keeping close tabs with your kids during spring break. In fact it could save you and them a lot of grief.

" I got off the phone with my mom a little while ago and she told me she doesn't want to have to come get me from jail, so I'm definitely going to try not to get into too much trouble," said Hayes.

Bryan police want to remind parents and kids that the juvenile curfew still applies during Spring Break. The curfew is in effect from midnight to 5 a.m.


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