Ages 9-13: Focus on
Use facts and not fear. More than ever, kids have the ability to quickly fact check what they're told. Sharing factual, honest information rather than scare tactics will help your advice ring true. Make sure the facts and information you share are from a reliable source.
Talk about the positives. Focus your conversations on the healthy alternatives, and positive things people can achieve without alcohol and drugs.
“Kids who are caught drinking or doing drugs get thrown in jail.”
“It’s against the law for people your age to drink alcohol or use drugs. You’ve always done a good job knowing right from wrong and I trust you to not do something that’s against the law.”
“People who use drugs will never go anywhere in life.”
“Your brain and body just work better when they’re free of alcohol or drugs.”
“If you use drugs just once you’ll be addicted for life.”
“A lot of drugs are highly addictive, and can be very difficult to quit using once you start. Some people may never be able to quit. That’s why it’s important to never start using drugs in the first place.”