Limit Media Access

Many parents are concerned about pro-drug messages on TV or in movies and music. Some parents choose to restrict their children's access to media content and tell them why.

The Internet
A lot of parents don't check their kids' activities on the Internet. If you have a computer at home, it's really important that you let your kids know that you're in charge of their time online. Not only can kids find out about drugs on the Internet (including a lot of pro-drug sites), they can also buy them online. If you are surfing the Net with your child and come across some pro-drug sites or sites with drug content, you could ask questions such as:
  • "Who are these people trying to sell you on drugs?"
  • "Do they care about what happens to you while you're on drugs?"
  • "How would you know what the drugs are made of?"
Mother and daughter surfing the World Wide Web
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?"