Who knew disarming drunk teens could be as easy as giving them a red frog?
Andy Gourley, that’s who.
He founded Red Frogs, a team of volunteers whose mission it is to keep our kids safe when we can’t. They’re present at Schoolies weeks across the country, as well as at large events such as music festivals.
“The Red Frog Crew assist… by walking them home, cooking pancakes, cleaning their rooms, handing out Allen’s Red Frogs, and – most importantly – offering emotional support through what can often be a challenging week.”
As a team, they offer the non-judgmental, responsible hand many out of control teens don’t know they need during schoolies. And Gourley spearheads the effort.
The man they call ‘Boss Frog’ has been back to Schoolies not once, not twice, but nineteen times, making sure crazy kids live to tell the tale of the night before.
Here are four tips for parents whose kids are about to head off on Schoolies week, from a man who’s seen just about everything:
1. Look at the locations YOU might prefer, as a parent.
As Gourley sums up, “Drinking and balconies don’t mix”.
If you as a parent aren’t comfortable with your kid going somewhere like the Gold Coast for schoolies week, you can easily help them find an alternative.
The most important thing is that you, as a parent, have faith they’ll be safe.
Listen: Andy Gourley, Founder of Red Frogs, shares his top tips for keeping kids safe at schoolies. Post continues after audio.
2. Don’t oversupply your kids with too much alcohol.
This is one of the messages Red Frogs tries to hammer home to parents.
A lot of parents, according to Gourley, supply their kids with booze for schoolies with the philosophy of ‘at least I know what they’ll be drinking’.
“The problem with that is you’ll buy it, then they’ll buy their stash, and because they’ve got an oversupply… they’ll be super generous,” Gourley says.
Whereas if kids have to pay for alcohol themselves, they’re less likely to share it around and encourage everyone to drink.