OK, I know it sounds strange and is a place many have never been. But, it is a great idea for parents of teens to go to a head shop, look around and ask questions. It’s been a few years since us parents were teens and a lot has changed. That item in your son or daughter’s bedroom may look harmless, until you learn what it truly is.
In the first photo are a variety of vape apparatuses. It is incredibly tough to know what these items are when you are looking at them for the first time. They are made to appear like a USB charger, cell phone, iPod or other harmless item. Familiarizing yourself with these items and asking questions is your best line of defense as a parent. By law, head shops can only sell these items to people at least 18 years-old. That doesn’t mean they can’t get these items from an older friend or the internet.
When you go to a head shop you can learn about different devices that are used to hide items. They look, and sound, very real. If you pick up the salt or lemonade canister and shake it, it sounds like there is salt or lemonade inside. How real do the Coke and Mountain Dew cans look? That empty soda can or Red Bull can in your kid’s room is probably just them being too lazy to take it to the trash. However, you need to be sure. Pick those cans up and try to twist the bottom and top.
It may be uneasy to walk into a head shop, but it’s a lot better than not knowing what may be going on in your own house.
Parent Tip Tuesday is a weekly series where the Parker Police Department talks about an issue involving parents and children. Topics will range from the latest apps and technology to building resiliency in your children. Our goal is to give parents five minutes’ worth of information every week that is easily digestible and educate them about new issues that they or their children may face. Please comment below if there are topics that you would like to see us cover.