Parents, you CAN protect your teens from drugs & alcohol use.
When it comes to keeping your teens off drugs, avoid these simple mistakes.
source: CBS news
A Parent's Guide: HOW to PREVENT DRUG USE at EVERY AGE
9 to 12 - Preteens
They are on a quest to figure out their place in the world. When it comes to the way they view that world, they tend to give their friends' opinions a great deal of power while, at the same time, they're starting to question their parents' views & messages.
Moving from elementary to middle school is a critical time. Parents must pay close attention & be extra vigilant during this transition.
13 to 15
This is a pivotal time in helping kids make positive choices when faced with drugs and alcohol.
The average age kids try drugs is 13. Drug use in teens starts as a social behavior. Kids who learn about the risk of drugs are 50% less likely to use.
Parents, stay involved.
16 to 18
When it comes to drugs, teens are a savvy bunch. They have been listening to messages on living drug-free for years.
At this point, kids have most likely made the decision more than once about whether to experiment with drugs or go against peer pressure and stay clean. They need direct, clear & concise parental messaging.
Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids