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.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
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.
Children of Alcoholics Week
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.
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.
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.
Read the National Respect Announcement over the intercom or during homeroom/advisor classes.
Signs of dating violence are appropriate for middle and high school students. Read the signs of dating violence in class and discuss.
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.
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.
Share the Seven Cs for Children of Addiction to teach children how to create healthy boundaries and create positive self-care patterns.
Learn about STIs and STDs from the IWannaKnow.org website.
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.