Formal Dances and SafetyIf you have visited KidsFormal.com before, then you know we provide fine formal wear for children. The formal wear we provide will fit kids of all ages whether you’re looking for boys’ suits, tuxedos or girls’ dresses. We have recently begun to provide women’s dresses as well. While many look at our women’s dresses as potential bridesmaids’ dresses, some make great prom dresses as well.
Since our collection of formal wear is so extensive, our clothing can be worn to a wide range of formal events including formal dances for young people. Think about school dances for kids…winter balls, father-daughter dances, prom, homecoming, Valentine’s Day dance, etc. While finding the perfect dress is most likely the most important thing on your daughter’s mind, her safety should be the top priority for you.
Unfortunately, over the past few years, the country has seen an increase in the number of victims coming from these types of formal dances. Whether it’s a date rape drug, gang rape or another horrible scenario, keeping your child safe should be the top priority as your daughter (or son) prepares to attend her first formal dance. Below are a few tips.
1. Increase Awareness – The first, most important, thing you can do is to increase your child’s awareness of dangerous situations. For example, talk about date rape drugs and how dangerous it can be for your daughter to accept a drink from someone. Instead, she should get her own drink and not leave it alone. Additionally, talk about gang rapes…many of these happen just outside the school in a back alley or dimly lit area. Make sure your daughter knows that a group of young men outside the building is a sign of trouble and that she should alert the school officials if she sees such a group.
2. The Buddy System – It doesn’t matter how old your child is, the buddy system should always be used by young women at formal dances. If your daughter doesn’t have a date (whom you’ve met) to the dance, then she should arrive at the dance (and leave) with a friend, or a group of friends who also don’t have dates. There is power in numbers, especially when it comes to young women. Not only will these girls arrive and leave together, but they should keep close tabs on each other during the course of the evening, as well.
3. Get Involved – Finally, if you truly want to make sure you know what is going on at the formal dance your daughter is going to be attending offer to be one of the chaperones. Sure, your daughter may not like that you’re going to be at the dance too, but you can keep your distance allowing her the freedom to have fun while making sure she is safe too.