Keeping Our Kids
The TeenSafe Parenting Guide to Tech Safety link
The "Grown Folks" Guide to Popular Apps in Social Media link
7 social media apps your kids are probably using And 4 apps you can use to make sure they stay safe. link
Common Sense Media: dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. This site empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. link
Talk. Talk. TALK about drug and alcohol use
Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't. Yet, only a quarter of teens report having had these conversations! This Parent Toolkit shares information on how to start the conversations
as well as other tips for raising drug-free kids.
SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has a campaign called "TALK. They hear you." Check out their sample conversations and
be sure to START the conversations before
they are teenagers!
When Mom receives a text from her 10-year-old daughter asking to go to
a friend's house for a sleepover, she realizes... <click to watch>
A young son is leaving to hang out with friends when his father realizes he needs to talk with him about the dangers of underage drinking. But where does he begin? <click to watch>
Before You Host ...
In a recent survey of local parents, 98% responded that they regularly communicate their expectations concerning behavior and choices with their children. All parents surveyed DID NOT think that it's OK to host a party with alcohol for teens. Interestingly, only 61% thought other parent peers would agree with them.
Here is a checklist if your teen is hosting a party in your home!
Keep the party a manageable size. Consider the adult/child ratio that you are comfortable with.
Agree on a guest list. Don't allow party crashers.
Be sure you and your child are on the same page with rules for the party.
Be present and available in your home at all times, but don't join the party.
If someone brings alcohol, take it and call the parents calmly.
Some services deliver alcohol to parties. Be aware.
Suggest your child plan the party with a responsible friend so they feel supported if a problem arises.
ARCH provides information for parents on the topics of drug and alcohol use, abuse, addiction and
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds ... up 56% from 20 years ago.
At high schools around the country, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants. Please take a moment to read In Their Own Words: "Study Drugs" and the related article, Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill. Read more.
Everyday is Take-Back Day in our Community
ARCH partners with the Tredyffrin and Easttown Police Departments to offer continued safe disposal of prescription drugs at the Township Buildings. Read more.
Finally, the most popular post on ARCH facebook is entitled: "The One Conversation That Could Save Your Teen’s Life (and Your Own)" - Click here to read the article.
Did You Know?
The more often teens have dinners with their families, the less likely they are to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Read more about spending time together. Link to read more "Did You Know?" commentary.