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Health & Wellness
Substance Abuse Awareness Pamphlet & Presentation
District Health Services & Immunizations
 
New Booster Seat Law
 
Prevention of Spreading the Swine Flu Brochure
 
Substance Abuse
 
5 Risky Games Teens Play
 
Internet Safety Resources
 
Physical Safety Resources
 
Missing & Victimization Resources
 
Health & Nutrition
 
 

Substance Abuse

Recent studies on drug prevention, there are many factors that influence a child's risk factor for substance abuse. These studies show that, 
Drug prevention programs should involve parents, students, schools, and the community, and they should begin early. Parental involvement and the behavior of parents play a vital role in keeping their kids drug free.

 
Warning signs of teenage alcohol and drug abuse may include:
Physical Fatigue, repeated health complaints, red and glazed eyes, and a lasting cough.
Emotional Personality change, sudden mood changes, irritability, irresponsible behavior, low self-esteem, poor judgment, depression, and a general lack of interest.
Family Starting arguments, breaking rules, or withdrawing from the family.
School Decreased interest, negative attitude, drop in grades, many absences, truancy, and discipline problems.
Social problems New friends who are less interested in standard home and school activities, problems with the law, and changes to less conventional styles in dress and music
 
  Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).  

Internet Resources

Drugs & Alcohol
Club Drugs Home
This site is a service from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and offers information on club drugs, such as Ecstasy, Rohypnol, ketamine and more. 

Do You Think You Might Have a Problem With Alcohol or Other Drugs?
Take this quiz to see.

National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
This is a resource to go visit to order free publications about tips for teens. 

Parental Underground
Warning signs, lingo and street facts about heroin use in everyday neighborhoods.

Parents. The Anti-Drug.
A fantastic site with drug information, advice on how to talk to your children, news and columns and how to get involved.

Partnership for a Drug-free America
Take the Drug-Free Pledge, visit the Ecstasy and Club Drugs Information Center, check out the section on Help for Parents.

Play Clean
Designed with coaches and athletes in mind, this site promotes the prevention of drug use through sports. Order free posters and other material. 

Sara's Quest
A Service of The National Institute on Drug Abuse, this web site explores the brain's response to drugs.
Read the magazine series Mind Over Matter, that looks at the effects of drugs such as Marijuana, Steroids, and others.

Suffolk County Drug Mapping Index
Brought to you by the Suffolk County government, gives information to the maps locations of heroin arrests, along with additional information regarding the arrest.

Teen Drug Evolution: A Parents Resource Guide
This website discusses commonly abused prescription medications by teens, what to look for and offers additional resources.

Tobacco
Anti-Smoking Activities and Curriculum
Cross-curricular activities from Education World relating to the Great American Smokeout.

Be an Ad Buster
See samples of advertising tobacco companies are gearing towards teens, and what is so wrong with them.

The Great American Smokeout
Visit the American Cancer Society website. "Quitters will find camaraderie and support on November 21 when thousands of Americans avoid tobacco use for the day or for good."

How to Fight Teen Smoking
What programs work at prevention.  "Nearly all first use of tobacco occurs before high school graduation. So if adolescents don't start smoking by age 18, odds are they never will."

Teen Tobacco Use
From the American Cancer Society; "learn about the unique effects of nicotine on teenagers, how many currently smoke, and their interest in quitting."

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Tobacco
Get the facts, know the signs, and questions and answers

Tobacco and Kids
Facts about teen smoking, who are the children most at risk, and what parents can do to prevent Tobacco use.

Internet Safety Resources
Tips for Parents / Tips for Kids

"Keep your Kids Safe"
(Click here to download this informative article)

A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
Brought to you by the FBI, this site offers helpful definitions, and information as to what are the signs that your child might be at risk online.

CyberAngels
Provides online classes on many topics concerning Internet issues. Available are tips for parents, a Parental Agreement, and more. 

GetNetWise.org
An Online Safety Guide that has age-related safety tips, explains the types of risks online and privacy information.

The PoliceNotebook
Tips and tools for parents on keeping their kids safe online, notes, advice and warnings for parents and kids. Also advice for adults on online shopping , email chain letters and more.

Safe Kids
At this site, you'll "find tips, advice and suggestions to make your family's online experience fun and productive".

Safeteens.com
Subscribe to a free e-mail newsletter, how to protect your privacy and staying safe online are some of the topics at this site. 

Disney Online Safety
From Disney Online, videos and tips to keep your family safe online.

 

Internet Safety - Get Involved...Stay Informed
Tips for Parents - How to Protect Your Child on the Internet

The Internet has opened up a whole new world for our children. Research, homework help, museums, email, chatting, games, and more are readily available at the touch of a button. But there are certain things that our children need to be protected from too. With some knowledge and participation, you can help your child stay safe online. Here are some tips of what you can do to keep your children safe online. 

Learn about the Internet - Become more computer literate, and know what services your Internet Provider offer. Do they provide Parental Controls? Can your child create "profiles"? Their own web page? If so, monitor what they create. You may be surprised!

Discuss with your child about anonymity online. Explain to them that a person is not always who they represent themselves to be. That nice 10 year old girl they've been talking to may truly be a 40 year old man. 

Never allow your child to give out personal information such as their address, phone number, birth date. 

Do not allow your child to respond to messages that make them uncomfortable. Obscene or threatening messages should be forwarded to your Internet Service Provider (AOL, Suffolk Web, Optimum Online).

Do not allow your child to arrange a meeting with someone they have met online.

Consider "Blocking and Filtering" Software. These programs will actually block certain types of websites from being viewed on your computer. "Net Nanny" and  "Cyber Sitter" are two examples.

Help your child create their username. Avoid using personal information such as first and last name, birth date, and home town. 

Sit down with your child and agree on your own home policies.  Agree on time limits, types of websites your child may and may not visit, use of Instant Messaging and chat rooms.

Keep your online computer in a family living space to be able to monitor activities.

Tips for Kids

Never give your password to anyone other than your parents.

Do not agree to meet someone that you have met online, without getting your parent's permission.

Do not give out personal information like your first and last name, address, or phone number. 

If you ever come across anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell your parents or teacher.

Follow the guidelines set up by your parents. They are there to keep you safe!

Do not open email from people you do not know. These emails could contain a computer virus or inappropriate material. 

Remember your manners online. Words written are just as strong as words spoken. 


Physical Safety Resources

Fire Administration Kids Page
Escape planning, smoke alarms and home fire safety are topics on this kids-friendly site.

Fire PALS Kid Safety Net
Kid safety games, quizzes, tips and music and videos are offered here.  There is also a parents and teachers section.

McGruff Homepage
National Crime Prevention Council Where you can have fun while learning to stay safe! "Take a Bite out of Crime

National SAFE KIDS Campaign
Promoting child safety to prevent unintentional injury.  Informative articles, product recalls and safety tips for parents.

NYS Department of State, Fire Safety for Kids, Main Page
Fire Lessons, Puzzles, Fireplace safety, Operation EDITH, and Escape Rules are a few of the topics at this site.

Traffic Safety Kids Page
From the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, this site covers traffic safety as well as safety issues with bikes, skates, car seats and seat belts.


Missing and Victimization Resources

KidzNPower.com
A video tape series you can purchase to teach children how to resist child abduction and victimization

Missing & Exploited Children Clearinghouse - The AMBER Alert Plan
From the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, this site offers information about the NYS Amber Plan Activation Guidelines, and Alert Activation Regions. You will also find College Student Safety, Internet Safety, and information for parents and caregivers.

Parents for Megan's Law
Prevention tips, News and Information, and offender registry information.

The Polly Klaas Foundation
Preventing Internet abduction, family abduction, runaways, and protecting kids from offenders are just a few of the topics covered by this nonprofit foundation. Also information on how to take proactive steps in times of crisis.

Health and Nutrition Internet Resources

UNAID - HIV/AIDS Information and Data
A United Nations sponsored website with global fact sheets, frequently asked questions and more.

Kidshealth.org
This site is divided into sections for parents, kids, and teens on staying healthy, dealing with feelings, staying safe and more. A great resource!

Powerful Bones. Powerful Girls. The National Bone Health Campaign
This website is sponsored by the three organizations that want to help girls and  bones came together - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Teens Health
This site, designed for teens, tackles issues as Body Basics, Mind Matters, Food and Fitness, Staying Safe, and Health Problems.

The United States National Library of Medicine
The world's largest medical library with health information, library services hot topics and more. 

 
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