Parents have a significant influence in their children’s decisions to experiment with alcohol and other drugs. Talking to your kids about the dangers and reasons behind utilizing alcohol and other drugs can help reduce underage drinking and substance use among youth.
Throughout these sections, we will highlight local data from the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS). PAYS is administered in odd-numbered years to youth in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades in participating schools throughout Pennsylvania. The survey asks questions to survey attitudes, knowledge, behaviors, and experiences associated with:
- Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Use (ATOD) and Access
- Perceptions and Attitudes
- Antisocial Behaviors
- Social and Emotional Health
- Community and School Climate and Safety
The PAYS data is a useful tool to understand the root causes of problems, understand youth’s own experiences, explore many areas of youth lives and guide interventions that are applied before evidence of a problem. The data provided here is to provide parents and caregivers a reference to understand the local need to engage in meaningful dialogue with youth about ATOD.
It is important that this is not used to be confrontational.
Connecting and Talking with Your Child
Encouraging Healthy Risk Taking
Setting Limits and Monitoring Behavior
Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and Other Drugs
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/talk-with-your-child-about-alcohol-drugs.pdf – PDF download from SAMHSA.gov
Answering Your Child’s Tough Questions
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/underage_drinking/answering_your_childs_tough_questions.pdf – PDF download from SAMHSA.gov
10 Frequently Asked Questions Kids Ask About Drugs and Health (NIDA)
Science of Addiction
https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/soa.pdf – PDF download from National Institute on Drug Abuse