Resources for Bigs, Littles, and Families
General Websites: These web-based tools provide information and resources for helping children make positive, healthy choices.
- Above the Influence http://www.abovetheinfluence.com/
Above the Influence. It’s a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not letting negative influence get to you. Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in—that’s negative influence. And if you’re one of the teens who want to stay above it, you’ve come to the right spot.
- BAM! Body and Mind http://www.bam.gov/
Got a question about Fitness? Disease? Peer Pressure? You’ve come to the right place! BAM! Body and Mind will tell you all you need to know about all the stuff that matters.
- Just 4 Kids http://www.nacoa.net/cankids.html
From the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, this website provides a place for children to:
• Learn how alcohol and other drugs hurt everyone in a family
• Learn how to feel safer and less stressed out
• Find new ways to deal with hassles at home
• Find hope, even if your parents don't change
- Kids.gov http://www.kids.gov/
Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. The website’s mission is to provide a safe place online where kids can create, play, and learn.
- NIDA for Teens http://teens.drugabuse.gov/
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns.
- Parents. The Anti-Drug http://www.theantidrug.com/ei/signs_symptoms.asp
How can you tell if a child is using drugs or alcohol? It is difficult because changes in mood or attitudes, unusual temper outbursts, changes in sleeping habits and changes in hobbies or other interests are common in teens. What should you look for? This and other questions are answered at this national resource center for parents and other concerned individuals in children’s lives.
- The Cool Spot http://www.thecoolspot.gov/
The young teen’s place for info on alcohol and resisting peer pressure. This award-winning website offers enlightening quizzes, cool activities, and real-life scenarios for the purpose of helping youth learn.
- Too Smart To Start http://www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/Start.aspx
Too Smart To Start is a public education initiative that provides research-based strategies and materials to professionals and volunteers at the community level. The materials are designed to educate youth about the harms of alcohol use and to support parents and caregivers as they participate in their children’s activities.
- UnderageDrinking http://www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov/
The site's main focus is to provide parents and other influential figures with information and tools to help them have open and ongoing conversations with preteen and teen children about the dangers of underage alcohol use. The site also includes information about "risk factors" that increase children's risk of using alcohol.
Articles/Presentations: The following articles and presentations may also be useful tools for preventing destructive decisions among youth.
- Conversations about Alcohol http://www.alcoholfreechildren.org/files/Module%203%20FORMATTED.pdf
This presentation explains how to have effective conversations with kids about alcohol.
- Reach Out Now http://toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/media/Family_Pages.pdf;
- The Surgeon General’s Call to Action http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/underagedrinking/familyguide.pdf
- Tips on Talking to Teens and Tweens http://www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/families/talking/default.aspx
- Drug Facts for Teens and Adults http://aforeverrecovery.com/resources/drug-facts-for-teens-and-adults/
- Harms of Excessive Drinking Infographic https://healthinformatics.uic.edu/resources/infographics/public-health-surveillance-and-alcohol-related-injuries/