April is Alcohol Awareness Month. In this Know! Parent Tip we focus on alcohol’s effects specific to young females.
Many adults assume that underage drinking mostly involves boys. That assumption however, is false. In fact, girls have not only caught up to boys when it comes to drinking, but in many cases have surpassed them. According to results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among youth aged 12 to 17, the percentage of females who were current drinkers (13.2 percent) was higher than their male counterparts (12.6 percent).
State law requires all school districts to develop and use a student acceleration policy. This law allows a district committee to place a student in a higher level than is typical, given the student’s age.
Childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) places both boys and girls at an increased risk for teenage substance abuse (according to a large-scale study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences).
In this Know! Alert we are warning teachers and school administrators about youth getting high on cough syrup. While young people abusing cough medicine is nothing new, is seems to have grown again in popularity, with one in 10 teens partaking nationwide.
Do your students know what to expect from “dating” partners? Have you discussed with them the characteristics of healthy dating relationships? While it is easy to make light of adolescent boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, it may be a risky notion; as statistics show that one in three teens experience an abusive dating relationship prior to high school graduation.