How Can You Educate Yourself?
There are many ways to get educated with not only the science and facts relating to teen alcohol and other drug use, but also to gain practical tips on parenting and navigating these tricky issues with your teens. The Twin Cities for Healthy Youth and Ross Valley Community Collaborative, together with our high school PTSAs offer informative Parent Education events on these topics. Additionally our bi-monthly newsletters provide timely information, resources and parenting tips.
- Read the 2016 Tips for Parents to Help Prevent Substance Abuse blog post.
- Consider the Sample Family Agreement to set clear expectations and consequences. (This is for Home use only). Discuss it with your teen, revise it to reflect your family values, and consider posting it in your home. It also contains “My Redwood Student’s Phone Tree” to facilitate collection of contact information for your child’s friends, as well as their parents who may not in Be the Influence Parent Participant List.
- Get the latest statistics on alcohol and marijuana use at Redwood HS, in Marin and the Bay Area. The most recent California Healthy Kids Survey results for 2013 are posted at http://chks.wested.org/
- Become familiar with local laws and ordinances, such as Curfews (11 pm in most Marin towns), Social Host Ordinances and Provisional Drivers License restrictions.
- Get educated on the effects on alcohol and other drugs on the Teen Brain (including new research on marijuana) and the different effects on boys and girls.
- And remember, just because parents think that their teens may or likely will experiment with or use alcohol or other drugs, doesn’t mean that enabling them to do so or “looking the other way” will keep them safe. “Being the Influence” includes keeping the connection open with your teen (while trusting them to be a teenager) … and reaching out to the village.