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Last updated 3:19 PM on 11 November 2013

Parties are part of a teenager's social life and a way for your teen to develop social skills.

While most parties go off without a hitch, celebrations can go wrong and get out of hand – particularly if the party is unplanned.

If you are hosting a party there are some simple ways to ensure your teenager and their friends have fun but remain safe.

Communication and careful planning are the keys to hosting a successful party.

While the internet and social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools which can be used to spread the word quickly, they can increase the chance of gatecrashers turning up at your home.

Top tips for a safe party

  • Have a starting and finishing time for parties and decide if some areas of your home are off limits.
  • Create a guest list and send written invitations to avoid uninvited people turning up at your home.
  • Consider hiring security guards to deter gatecrashers.
  • Let your neighbours know about the party and provide them with your contact number should they have any concerns.
  • Ask older family members or friends to help set up and supervise the party.
  • Let the local police know you are hosting a party. You can register your details online through the NSW Police Force My Nite website.
  • If alcohol is going to be served do not supply alcohol to people under the age of 18.

Read more tips on the School A to Zwebsite.