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6/20/2017

Start Talking! at summer camps

4SportsCamp.jpgKids who hear about the dangers of drugs from trusted adults are up to 50 percent less likely to use. Mentors at summer camps, or band and sport camps, can support Ohio’s youth in making healthy choices. Camp leaders can lead a Start Talking! discussion and share the facts about the dangers of alcohol, illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription medications.


6/15/2017

Know! Your Child's Risk for Sexting

StartTalking_Smartphone-1.jpgAs any parent or caregiver raising teenagers knows, smartphones play a leading role in their daily lives. While social media, apps and messaging provide a fun and highly accessible path to connect and share with friends, such outlets also allow youth to connect with those they should not be connecting with and share things they should not be sharing. We’re talking SEXTING - defined as sending sexually explicit messages, photos or videos via cell phone or other electronic devices.
 


6/7/2017

Know! To Bust Summer Boredom

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with teens experiencing a little boredom, too much time on their hands with “nothing to do” can lead to trouble, like experimenting with alcohol and drugs or engaging in other risky behaviors.


5/31/2017

Know! To Talk Teen Stranger Danger

ThinkstockPhotos-479704577-1.jpgIf you’re a parent or other caregiver of teens, you likely have had “stranger danger” talks with them. Those types of stranger danger safety conversations, though critical for little ones, tend to decrease as our kids get older. Child safety experts say however, that those age-appropriate type safety talks are critical for older children as well and need to continue into and throughout their teenage years.
 


5/23/2017

Know! What Your Kids Are Watching - 13 Reasons Why

ThinkstockPhotos-615610100-1.jpgEven if you haven’t heard of 13 Reasons Why, don’t assume your pre-teen or teen hasn’t, and do approach this as if he/she may have caught some, several or all 13 episodes. The controversy surrounding this show is the subject matter and how it is being addressed, including depression, bullying, emotional abuse, substance abuse, sexual assault and suicide – and the viewing audience – as this series is the latest buzz in middle and high schools across the nation.
 


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