TV & Music
However, TV and music on the radio can also be a discussion-starter for
you and your teen. In fact, research shows that teenagers whose parents
are aware of the TV they watch and the music they listen to are less
likely to smoke, drink or use drugs.
TV is a good way to look
at the negative and positive portrayals we get every day about drugs,
alcohol and tobacco. Consider how TV shows, advertisements or music
lyrics influence our beliefs about drugs. Most important, it is also a
chance to turn the time into a teachable moment. For example, if a
character on a TV show is using drugs, you could start a conversation
with any one of these opening lines:
- "I wonder what his family thinks about him getting high?"
- "Where do you think this person would end up in life?"
- "What do you think her teachers would think? Her neighbors? Her pastors?"
- "Why would he do drugs?"