Parents

What you say and what you do matters.

Parents can have the greatest affect on a young person’s decision to use OR NOT to use marijuana during early adolescence. Research shows that parents who talk to their children before the age of 13 will increase the likelihood that the youth will not use marijuana.

Availability

Drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, are easily available to children and adolescents.

Research

Research shows that parents who talk to their children before the age of 13 will increase the likelihood that the youth will not use marijuana.

Start Talking Early

Most likely, children in grade school have not yet begun to use alcohol, tobacco, or any other kind of drug. That is why, grade school is a good time to start talking about the dangers of drug use.

Young People Benefit from Adult Help

While adolescents’ brains are developing, they are at greater risk to developing risky behaviors and habits from substance use.

Early habits die hard*

The earlier and more frequent the use the greater their chances for substance dependence later in life. Research shows that the earlier adolescents start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on this or other illicit drugs later in life.

10% of WSESU students reported having used marijuana prior to age 13.

Using marijuana at an early age affects adolescent brain development and puts youth at greater risk for dependency later in life.

*Good habits die hard too.

Honesty & Candor

Talk honestly with your child about healthy choices and risky behaviors.

Listen

Listen to what your child has to say.

Make it a Habit

Make talking and listening a habit, the earlier the better!

Good habits die hard too.

The numbers

2017 Windham County Youth Risk Behavior Survey

Kids are surrounded by pressures and influences. Make sure you are armed with the latest and most accurate info—so you can be the best influence possible.

  • Percentage OF WINDHAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DO NOT THINK PEOPLE GREATLY RISK HARMING THEMSELVES IF THEY USE MARIJUANA REGULARLY: 80%
  • Percentage OF WINDHAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DO NOT THINK THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS FEEL IT WOULD BE WRONG OR VERY WRONG FOR THEM TO USE MARIJUANA: