If you’re a parent or other caregiver of teens, you have likely had repeated “stranger danger” talks with them when they were younger. You taught them not to talk to strangers. You warned them not to fall prey to the stereotypical child lure of being offered candy to get into someone’s car, and so on. Those types of stranger danger safety conversations, though critical for little ones, tend to occur with less frequency as our kids get older. Child safety experts say, however, that those age-appropriate safety talks are critical for older children as well and need to continue into and throughout their teenage years.
Research shows that children are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs when parents or other trusted adults, such as teachers, talk with them about drug abuse.
Start Talking! is a drug prevention initiative designed to encourage frequent conversations with children about substance abuse. Start Talking! and the Drug Free Action Alliance offer 10 tips to begin a productive conversation with kids.
Local communities are on the frontlines of the fight against opiate abuse, and Ohio’s educators are uniquely positioned to help guide students by integrating prescription drug education into the K-12 curriculum. That’s why House Bill 367 now requires all public schools to educate students about the dangers of opioids and the proper use of opiate prescriptions.
Jake Steinfeld, fitness expert and chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, has selected the state of Ohio to kick off its National Fitness Champion campaign to help fight childhood obesity.