February's Theme:

Dating Violence

Choose: Pick 1-2 topics and skills to focus on this month.

Slide: Use the Calendar for scheduling prevention activities.

Scroll: Use the links below for Activity Ideas and Resources.

Topics: Dating violence, risky sexual behavior, healthy teen relationships, alcohol in the family, and eating disorders.

Skills: Communication

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Activity Ideas

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February

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

In recognition of this month, BrainAbouts suggests a school poster campaign, in-class video/discussion, and family information communication to facilitate at-home discussions that raise awareness and empower teens with healthy relationship skills.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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Februrary

Expect Respect: Teen Power & Control + Equity Wheels

BrainAbouts suggests teaching students and families the difference between relationships based on power and control versus those based on equality by distributing the Teen Power & Control Wheel and the Teen Equity Wheel during an in-class discussion and family information communication.

Teen Power and Control Wheel

Teen Equality Wheel

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Februray 14-20

Children of Alcoholics Week

BrainAbouts recommends breaking the silence of kids and teens living with parental substance problems by announcing this national calendar event and having counselors on stand-by for students who would like more information or direction.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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Februrary 14-21

National Condom Week

BrainAbouts suggests providing students with information about sexually transmitted infections or diseases that empowers them to protect their sexual health.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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February 22-28

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

BrainAbouts suggests using this week as an opportunity to create awareness about eating disorders and promoting healthy body image skills throughout the week with a poster campaign, in-class video/discussion, daily lunchroom exhibit, and family information communication.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

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February 9

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day takes place across the globe to make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially for children and young people. BrainAbouts suggests watching our video, "Technology and the Brain," and hosting in-class and at-home discussions or picking a topic from SaferInternetDay.org to discuss.

Morning Announcement

Family Communication

Activity Resources

  • Love is Respect.org

    Ask students to select an area of information about which they have a question. Click on the corresponding information box, and share within a share-pair or in-class if appropriate.

  • National Respect Announcement

    Read the National Respect Announcement over the intercom or during homeroom/advisor classes. 

  • Signs of Dating Violence

    Signs of dating violence are appropriate for middle and high school students. Read the signs of dating violence in class and discuss.

  • National Association for Children of Addiction

    For children who need or seek information about their parent's issues with substance use, explore the NACOA website for resources for elementary, middle, and high school children. 

  • Children of Alcoholics NPR Podcast

    Listen to NPR's Life Kit podcast episode "Helping a Child Whose Parent is Struggling with Addiction." Warning: Podcast contains strong language and sensitive topics. Can be used for middle and high school students, depending upon the emotional readiness of the student.

  • The Seven Cs for Children of Addiction

    Share the Seven Cs for Children of Addiction to teach children how to create healthy boundaries and create positive self-care patterns. 

  • STI Education

    Learn about STIs and STDs from the IWannaKnow.org website.

  • What Are Eating Disorders?

    Watch a video and read about the definitions, warning signs, risk factors, and recovery factors from NationalEatingDisorders.org. Use the BrainAbouts Handouts to conduct a classroom or group discussion. 

  • Safer Internet Day Lesson Plans

    Use ConnectSafely’s lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school students. Activities include self-care, other-care, responsibility for spreading false information, and protecting accounts and devices.

BrainAbouts Video: About Relationships

Watch the BrainAbouts Relationships video in class or at home and use the BrainAbouts Handouts as a discussion guide. Click to learn more about Healthy Teen Relationships and Dating Violence:

Watch the BrainAbouts video About Body Image in class or at home and use the BrainAbouts Handouts as a discussion guide. Click to learn more about Eating Disorders and Body Image:

Skill Building

Communication

  • Communication Style Quiz

    Take a communication style quiz to find out which of four styles you are.

  • Communication Styles

    Learn the characteristics of the four basic communication styles, and explore the obstacles to using assertiveness.