Oregon Partnership's Youth Advisory Council was busy during the Christmas break recording a public service announcement focusing on one important way parents can prevent teen drinking: By listening to their kids.
The PSA written and recorded by teens will air throughout the state on as many as 100 radio stations thanks to a program for non-profits sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
The spots are being produced free of charge by Entercom Radio of Portland, a longtime supporter of Oregon Partnership and the "Face It, Parents" campaign.
The message about listening and t
There's a positive trend happening in Oregon involving high schoolers and middle schoolers. And in very large part, it has to do with parents taking a larger role in preventing underage drinking and teen drug abuse.
And for that, parents should be congratulated!
According to the Oregon Health Teens Survey, alcohol use among 11th graders and 8th graders (the classes surveyed) continues to go down. The same is true for illegal drugs, except for marijuana and the illegal use of prescription drugs.
The survey reports that the percentage of 11th graders who used alcohol in the mon
Every so often, I read something about how this country could cut down on binge drinking by college students if parents would just allow their teens to experience small amounts of alcoholic beverages at home and learn how to drink responsibly.
This month in the Lake Oswego Review, a teen wrote a piece pointing out that kids in Europe start drinking at home at an early age. And if only kids didn't have to be put up with scare tactics from their parents, they'd be so much better off and not have to go crazy once they're out of the house and on to college.
I agree with the young author on
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When it comes to alcohol and drug prevention, parents are the biggest influence on kids.
A campaign to warn adults about the perils of underage drinking is going directly to consumers at state liquor stores, with posters and tip cards from the “Face It, Parents” program.
The educational material is being placed at check-out counters in 20 liquor stores (see list below) in a joint prevention effort by Oregon Partnership, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Addictions and Mental Health Divis
These folks do great work with information for parents and the public. Joseph Califano has produced some eye-opening stuff about substance abuse in America .
In order to hear from you parents, CASA has launched a Web forum on www.casacolumbia.org. We urge you to post your comments, share your ideas and respond to the comments of other parents.
(Originally published by the Center for Mental Health Services)
Peer pressure—it’s more than just a phase that young people go through. Whether it leads to pink hair or body piercing, peer pressure is a powerful reality and many adults do not realize its effects. It can be a negative force in the lives of children and adolescents, often resulting in their experimentation with tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
Parents often believe that their children do not value their opinions.
Have you ever knocked on your child’s bedroom door to ask her to turn down the music she’s listening to? This likely scenario is one that often occurs in households across the Nation. But did you stop and truly listen to the lyrics of your child’s favorite songs? Some songs carry negative messages that may be related to aggressive thoughts and feelings.
Before you try to tune out the “noise” that your child is listening to, consider whether it needs to be limited or turned off.
Music plays a larger role in a kid’s life than parents might realize.
You try to keep your kids healthy, right? You make sure they get enough sleep, eat fruits and vegetables, and brush their teeth. Prevention is key to keeping your child well.