As we know, parenting has many challenges. When you mix a teenager, social media or alcohol, the consequences can be alarming.
Social-media sites riddled with pictures of teens who are drunk, passed out or using other drugs present parents with additional concerns.
Drug Free Collier understands these concerns and is offering today's busy parents some much-needed help.
On Jan. 31 we are hosting a community awareness meeting to empower parents. You might say it's our "app" for preventing underage drinking and adolescent substance abuse. This specialized presentation will provide parents with valuable tools for helping teens safely navigate today's social world.
Our program will begin with an important presentation from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD's Power of Parents program is a nationally recognized resource with proven strategies to help parents talk with their teens about alcohol. Research shows that three out of four teens say their parents are the No. 1 influence on their decisions about alcohol. With this in mind, we recognize parents hold valuable capital in their child's life and their decision-making process.
Although underage drinking is illegal, studies show that up to 75 percent of teens admit to drinking outside the home before graduating from high school. Early alcohol use puts the developing brain at risk and significantly increases the likelihood of addiction. Teenagers who drink are not only a danger to themselves, but also their friends and other drivers. Data shows that teen alcohol use kills 6,000 young people each year.
There is hope, however. Prevention does work! New studies show that underage drinking is on the decline. By monitoring a teen's social activities, keeping track of who they hang out with, what they do and what they post online, parental involvement is making a difference.
Following the guidelines of our expert presenters will substantially reduce the chance your son or daughter will drink before the age of 21. Your influence can make a difference!
In addition, our parenting workshop will help concerned parents bridge the technology gap by offering valuable information about today's social media. Capt. Tim Guerrette of the Collier County Sheriff's Office will provide an overview of popular sites used by teens and will offer tips for safe social networking.
This workshop will be offered at two different times on Jan. 31. The first session will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at North Collier Regional Park's Exhibit Hall, at 15000 Livingston Road.
An evening session will be held at Hodges University's Science and Technology Lecture Hall, 2655 Northbrook Drive, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Both community presentations are free and open to the public; however, attendees should RSVP by calling 239-377-0535 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents will receive a free parent handbook and meals will be provided.
Drug Free Collier is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to prevent and reduce juvenile substance abuse in Collier County through increased education, promotion of services and support in our community. Visit our website at www.DrugFreeCollier.org.