Set Boundaries: Make sure there is time for your student to be home and part of the family. Not spending all time with friends.
Don't Judge: Friends might dress or act differently, but over-reacting or negative comments can make it harder to connect and get to know the friends.
Pay Attention to Warning Signs: If your student is secretive about friend group or is hanging with people who are much older, monitor the situation more closely. If you suspect harmful behavior be assertive and clear about concerns and expectations.
Be Aware of Social Media: Friend your student on social media. Learn the lingo and know the social media formats your student is using.
Communication. If your student seems not to have friends or communicates only online, check in with them to see if something is wrong.