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Drugs and Other Nasties

Now this is where it gets really scary

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Teaching children about illegal drugs and other nasties is a delicate matter that requires age-appropriate information and a balanced approach. It's important to provide children with accurate and honest information about drugs and their effects, but also to do so in a way that doesn't scare or intimidate them.


Multi Pronged Attack

Schools play an important role in drug education and usually include it as part of the curriculum along with alcohol and other related health education. School is also likely to be the first place the children are offered drugs.


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Desensitised Doesn’t Mean Safe

The amount that drugs are shown through various media in movies and tv not only desensitises kids to drugs, but they are also many times portrayed in a positive manner where its the norm and cool to get stoned.


Alcohol being socially acceptable and manufactured in a safe, controlled environment seems preferable to illegal drugs made by some unsavoury characters in a basement with no regulations. But alcohol has it’s own problems that children also need to be educated on. See alcohol and kids for more information.


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But What Are You Taking?

With illegal drugs it’s hard to know what you’re taking since there’s no measured guidelines for it’s manufacture. Educating children early is important to protect them from the ‘nasties’. There have been countless stories over the years of young adults taking something with no idea where it came from or what’s in it, who end up hospitalised or worse.


I think this is a good point to hammer home, they should be wary about taking something made by a shifty lowlife in a garage.


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Tips

Here are some tips on how to approach this topic with children


1. Start by explaining what drugs are: Children need to understand that drugs are substances that can change the way the body and mind work. They need to know that some drugs are legal, like prescription drugs, while others are illegal, like marijuana, cocaine, or heroin.


2. Focus on the dangers of drugs: Help children understand the negative consequences of using drugs, such as addiction, health problems, and legal trouble.


3. Discuss peer pressure: Children need to know that they may be pressured by their friends to try drugs, and that they should always stand up for themselves and say no.


4. Use age-appropriate language and concepts: Depending on their age, children may not understand complex concepts like addiction or overdose. Use language and examples that they can relate to and understand.


5. Encourage open communication: Let children know that they can always come to you with questions or concerns about drugs, and that you will listen and provide them with accurate information.


6. Avoid scare tactics: While it's important to discuss the dangers of drugs, using scare tactics may not be effective and can even backfire, leading children to become more curious about drugs.


7. Emphasise the importance of making healthy choices: Encourage children to make healthy choices in all aspects of their lives, including their social circles, activities, and hobbies.


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Never Stop

Remember, teaching children about illegal drugs is an ongoing process that requires patience and consistency. By providing accurate information and fostering open communication, you can help children make informed decisions and stay safe.


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