ERIC Number: ED406640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
How To Raise Drug-Free Kids.
Ola, Per; d'Aulaire, Emily
This year at least 2.4 million young Americans will use drugs. Ways in which parents and educators can prevent drug use in youth are presented here. Emphasis is placed on good beginnings. It is recommended that preschool children be taught rules for behavior, and that parents continually remind their children of the potential harm of drug use. In the first few years of elementary school, children learn mainly by experience, so setting good examples is vitally important for this age group. Children should be taught how to make good choices, how to detect danger, and how to escape bad situations. Middle school offers a particularly risky time for drug use due to increased rebelliousness and a desire to experiment. Some of the suggestions for parents of children in this age group include setting limits, giving accurate advice, getting to know the child's friends, monitoring the child's whereabouts, and staying involved in the child's activities. High school students present a special challenge because of increasing freedom and heightened peer pressure. Parents and teachers are advised to be specific about rules, to be consistent, to be reasonable, and to keep listening. Resources for getting help and a glossary of terms are provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Note: A cooperative effort of the Reader's Digest, ABC Television Network, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, and the U.S. Department of Education.