Educate yourself about drugs
Know your child's friends and where they hang out
family rules about drugs, alcohol, gangs
and dress styles and enforce your rules
time to know what is happening in
your child's life
self-esteem and respect in
your child's feelings and attitudes
suspect a problem, get help NOW. Contact your school,
church, community organization, a counselor
or your police department
Education is a
comprehensive drug and violence prevention education program
in kindergarten through 12th grade
D.A.R.E. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Cincinnati
D.A.R.E. Program of
the Laramie Police Departments
DAREFest.com is a
collaborative effort by DARE officers, educators, students,
parents, and community to offer an educational program in the
classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among
children and youth.
Just Say No
teaches kids the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Information
and games explain why drugs are harmful, ways to say no, ways to
avoid peer pressure, where to get help, and how to make good
decisions when confronted with drugs.
Kids and drugs.
It can be an overwhelming issue to deal with—but it doesn't have
to be. All you really need to begin are the 10 easy tips on this
page. Put them into practice and your kids will reap the rewards of
healthy, drug-free lives.
Be your kids' greatest fan. Compliment them on all of their
efforts, the strength of their character, and their individuality.
Get your kids involved in adult-supervised after-school
activities. Ask them what types of activities they're interested
in and contact the school principal or guidance counselor to find
out what activities are available for your child. Sometimes it
takes a bit of experimenting to find out which activities your
kids are best suited for, but it's worth the effort—feeling
competent makes kids much less likely to use drugs.
Help your kids develop tools they can use to get out of
alcohol- or drug-related situations. Let them know they can use
you as an excuse: "My mom would kill me if I drank a beer!"
Get to know your children's friends and their parents. Set
appointments for yourself to call them and check-in to make sure
they share your views on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Steer
your kids away from any friends who use drugs.
Call kids' parents if their home is to be used for a party.
Make sure that the party will be alcohol-free and supervised by
Set curfews and enforce them. Let kids know the consequences
of breaking curfew.
Encourage open dialogue with your children about their
experiences. Make sure your children understand that they can ask
you anything—and that you'll give them an honest answer.
Set a no-use rule for alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Sit down for dinner with your children at least once a week.
Use the time to talk—don't eat in front of the TV.
Get—and stay—involved in your children's lives.
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