Parents often wonder how much privacy their children need, and ask me if it’s okay to violate it. So before we get to the subject of spying on your child, I want to talk a little about adolescent privacy. Personally, I believe there should be a direct link between the amount of responsibility, consistency, and honesty that kids show and the amount of privacy they’re allowed to have in their rooms.
Ninety percent of alcohol consumed by underage drinkers is consumed while binge drinking, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Equally alarming are the new forms of drinking teens reportedly have devised. That science project Junior’s been working so hard on? It may have less to do with physics class and more to do with ways to deliver alcohol to the blood that boost the buzz and prevent getting caught.
Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Child Off Drugs
Your child’s transition to middle school (or junior high) calls for special vigilance. If you began having regular conversations with your child at a young age, the child should know by now – without a doubt – where you stand on the subject of drugs and alcohol. If you didn’t have those conversations earlier, it’s not too late to start! In fact, this is the time when you should spend even more time talking and listening, as your child is likely seeing more substance use on television, in movies, and online – and at school or in social situations. Children this age are capable of engaging in more in-depth conversations about why people use drugs, the potential dangers (such as addiction or fatal overdose), and the consequences for the user and his family.
At the lower end of this age range, children are very perceptive and anxious to learn. This is a good time to introduce more detail into your conversations about drugs, especially what they are and the consequences of using them. Explain the concept of addiction – that some people may not understand how harmful drugs are or that some people try drugs and then have a hard time quitting. Introduce them to the idea that drug use can lead to abuse, which can lead to addiction.