When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, there are opinions and then there are facts. It’s hard enough for adults to distinguish between the two; it is even more challenging for youth, who get much of their information from the internet, TV, movies, music or from friends. With that in mind, parents and other caregivers are encouraged to participate in this year’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week.
Teens spend an average of nine hours a day on their smartphones. Yes, you’ve heard it before, and know it’s unhealthy for them for a number of reasons, and you have rules in place to reduce their screen time. Very good; you’ve got your child’s phone use in check, but how about yours?
January rolls in like a breath of fresh air. The calendar is reset and, in many regards, it is a chance to begin anew and an opportunity to do things “better” moving forward. The new year is also an ideal occasion for parents and children to come together to set fresh goals as both a family unit and as individuals. As you consider potential objectives for 2017 we challenge you, as a family, to come up with ways to make this a more meaningful, more impactful year.
The NFL and its advertisers are gearing up for the Super Bowl, set to kickoff Sunday, Feb. 5. About 111.9 million viewers tuned in for last year’s Super Bowl, making it the third highest watched U.S. broadcast in history. Of that wide viewing audience, somewhere around 18 percent will be youth under 21 – which means millions of children will be exposed to all sorts of advertising, including ads for alcohol.
Is your son or daughter among the many youth begging for a smartphone this holiday season? And are you among the many parents considering the buy? Smartphones certainly have their advantages. They can be both helpful for you and fun for your child when used appropriately and in a positive manner.