The Positive Power of Parents Vs. Drug and Social Media Dangers Highlighted at Public Forum
Are you a parent, grandparent, guardian, or foster parent with a teen living in your home? If so, join us on Wed., April 26, 2017, at 7pm, in the Kalispell Middle School cafeteria for “Understanding Trends in Teen Behavior,” brought to you by the STOP Underage Drinking in the Flathead Coalition. This presentation highlights the power of parents, grandparents, guardians or foster parents have as a positive influence on teenagers.
- Youth who have conversations with their parents about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use substances. (SAMHSA, 2015).
- Kids who learn about the risks of inappropriate social media use, from their parents, are less likely to participate in risky activities.
- Actively involved parents have a powerful influence on a child’s decision to remain alcohol and drug-free. (ParentsLead.org).
- Around 82% of Flathead County youth say they consider their parents to be the most influential people in their lives. (2016 MT Prevention Needs Assessment Survey.)
This is the first presentation by this STOP coalition panel to the public. Join us for an evening of education and information, for parents. Topics include the latest trends in drug and alcohol use and the newest trends in teen activities on social media. Burket Kniveton, from the Center for Restorative Youth Justice, will talk about the adolescent brain and the psychology of high risk behavior. Kari Gabriel, director of Flathead Care, will offer information and ideas about prevention activities for your teen. We will have a Q & A session, with our ‘panel’, after the presentations. This is an opportunity to ask our experts, questions you may have about the information that has been presented.
This comprehensive presentation is possible with support from Flathead County school superintendents, counselors and educators, the School Resource Officers from Flathead High School, Glacier High School, and Kalispell Middle School.
If you are a parent, you know these are not easy subjects to talk about. Sometimes we avoid talking to our kids about these things out of uncertainty of what to say. It is vitally important to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about making good, healthy decisions to be alcohol and drug-free. We hope this evening of education and information will give you a better awareness of what your teen is being exposed to and how you can begin a conversation with them. There will be lots of free resources available to take home.
For more information, contact Melanie Mellgren-Sidmore, Prevention Specialist, at email@example.com or 406-756-5659.