Remember “babyproofing” when they were little? ‘Tweens and teens need your guidance now more than ever.
Below is a slide version of our “Teen Proof Your Home” presentation, presented at Spencer Butte Middle School. Also click over to our “[Spanish]” page for a helpful home checklist.
Thank you for coming to this site–just being here shows how much you care. You got this!
Remember: Kids still listen to you! Most teens listen when parents say “no” to teen drinking! Keep communicating!
Key facts & valuable links:
Quick fact: Brains are not developed until the age of 25. Key areas of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, regulates decision making and coping skills. Using alcohol or other drugs during the teen years damages brain cells.
Head to: A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain: Excellent interactive site for parents. Why is he/she so weird? What can you do? Skills, tools & tips all here.
Quick fact: Almost half of kids who began drinking before age 14 developed later alcohol dependence, compared with only 5% of those who waited until they were 21 or older to start drinking. (Journal of Substance Abuse, 1997).
Head to “Talk: They hear you” for practical tips– including conversation starters & more — for parents. Start early and talk often.
Quick fact: Prescription drugs are more abused now that any other illicit drug except marijuana.
Quick fact: Inhalants are more commonly used among younger kids, peaking at about 8th grade (Oregon Health Authority, 2010). They are often considered a “gateway” drug.
Quick fact: Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
Head to: StopBullying.gov
Quick fact: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregon youth aged 10-24. Depression is the most common underlying cause of suicide (Suicides in Oregon: Trends and Risk Factors, Oregon Department of Human Services, 2010).
Quick fact: Gambling and other risky behaviors go hand in hand — kids who gamble are twice (or more) likely to drink alcohol, binge drink, use tobacco or other drugs, be depressed, and more.
Head to: Talking to your kids about gambling
SOCIAL MEDIA & INTERNET SAFETY:
Quick fact: A review of young people’s Facebook profiles in Lane County shows that most teens don’t have their whole profiles private, with much information displayed in the “public” setting (Lane County H&HS Public Health, 2012).
Head to: Check out our internet/mobile safety page for instant helpful resources. Things are constantly changing. Monitor, monitor, monitor!
COMMON WARNING SIGNS OF A PROBLEM:
- Change in behaviors at home and/or school.
- Drop in grades, loss of interest in favorite activites.
- Change in group of friends or activities.
What do I do if my child has warning signs? If you are concerned at all, you can and should interv
ene. Click here for tips from the Partnership at drugfree.org. (En español: http://www.drugfree.org/the-parent-toolkit/)
Talk with them, monitor, and KEEP talking and monitoring! It’s not about trust, it’s about keeping them safe. The best way to do that is to keep watching and keep talking — just like you did when they were little. Contact us for more info.