Know! Teachable Moments

We create two Know! Teachable Moments each month and email them to all who sign up to receive Know! Teachable Moments. As tips are added, we also post them to this webpage, where anyone can read them. Below, you’ll find a wide variety of Know! Teachable Moments on topics such as racism, COVID-19, alcohol, prescription drug misuse, and more. If you have a suggestion for a tip, please email us at contact@preventionactionalliance.org.

COVID-19

  • Know! Compassion and Caring to Reduce COVID Stigma–Those who have or have had COVID-19 may feel isolated, depressed, and abandoned because of a stigma associated with having the disease. If we’re going to support the recovery of those with COVID-19, we have to speak out against discrimination and stigma.
  • Know! Six R’s for Less Stress Schooling at Home–COVID-19 has many kids, parents, and teachers stressed in a learning-at-home environment. This Know! tip shares practical ways you can set up your kids—and you—for success.
  • Know! Teens in Disguise to Buy Alcohol–Some teens are taking advantage of the pandemic to use masks and fake IDs to purchase alcohol. This Know! tip shares more information about this trend and what you can do about underage drinking.
  • Know! Our Youth Are Beyond Stressed–Our young people are stressed. Some youth are at increased risk for suicide. For those who are struggling with mental health here are 10 steps we can take to protect and support them.

Racism and Equity

  • Know! To Talk about George Floyd and Racism with Youth–While it is difficult to talk about racism and police-involved killings, our kids are hearing about these topics, and they need our guidance. For expert recommendations about how to talk about George Floyd’s death and racism in general, read this Know! tip.
  • Know! To Define Racial Terms for Teens–Our kids hear and see the news, too, even if they may not have a robust understanding of all the terms used. This Know! tip will help you explain to your teen what words like bias, prejudice, white fragility, systemic racism, microaggressions, and more mean.
  • Know! to Continue the Conversation on Racism–Our children don’t live in isolated bubbles. With our entire nation undergoing a long-awaited dialogue on racism, this Know! tip shares ways that we can talk to our children about racism in a way that helps them understand what’s going on around them.
  • Know! July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month People who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color have less access to high-quality mental health care, which worsens their mental health outcomes. This Know! tip shares information about these disparities and the importance of watching for the warning signs of a mental health issue.

Parenting

  • Know! To Put Self-Care and Connection into Practice in the New YearNow that 2020 is over, here are strategies and tips for helping your students make the most of this new year.
  • Know! To Positively Connect with Your Teen–As a parent, the relationship you have with your child is crucial. Fostering that relationship to improve your child’s adolescent development, the subject of this Know! tip, is likewise crucial.
  • Know! Gratitude for the Health of It – Did you know that expression gratitude can make you feel happy, alert, and less stressed? Learn about the benefits of gratitude and how to support gratitude in your children with this Know! tip.
  • Know! How To Talk About The Attack on the Capitol–Young people need to be able to talk about disturbing events they have seen in person, on TV or via social media, such as protestors laying siege to the U.S. Capitol. Learn how to help them process acts of violence they have witnessed and to cope with the resulting stress and anxiety.
  • Know! Online Predators On The Rise–Young people are online more than ever and so are predators. Find out the best way to protect our youth from the dangers that are lurk on the internet.
  • Know! To Talk Teen Romance–The scars that can come from a bad relationship, even as tweens and teens, can be harmful. Know the differences between a healthy romantic relationship and an unhealthy one.
  • Know! To Join The Meditation Movement–Help you and your students deal with everyday stress by practicing meditation. Check out these seven basic meditation steps to  promote overall emotional well-being. Namaste!
  • Know! How To Combat Spring Fever–It’s spring. In addition to spring growth, you may notice changes in your students as well. Are they restless or daydreaming in school? If so, they may be exhibiting casebook signs of spring fever. The good thing to know is that it’s curable. Check out these recommendations to help your students stay on track.

Prescription Drug Misuse

  • Know! To Beware the Benadryl Challenge–Isolated media reports indicate that some teens may be intentionally overdosing on Benadryl, an over-the-counter allergy medicine, and recording their experience on TikTok. Read this Know! tip to learn more about this challenge and what parents and teachers can do to protect their young people.
  • Know, Secure, Dispose to Prevention Prescription Drug Abuse–Prescription drugs are one of the most common drugs teens misuse and can lead to addiction, injury, or even death. By knowing about the medicines in our home, securing them, and disposing of ones we no longer need, we can ensure that these medicines remain helpful and don’t become harmful.
  • Know! To Bust the Myths to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse–Teens don’t always know all the facts about prescription drug misuse. In this Know! tip, we’ve compiled the three facts every teen should know about prescription drugs.

Psychedelic Mushrooms Misuse

  • Know! What’s up with Psychedelics?–States have begun decriminalizing and even legalizing psychedelic mushrooms. With all the buzz surrounding them, young people are bound to hear and wonder about these potent drugs. Learn more about the movements to decriminalize or legalize psilocybin with this Know! tip.
  • Know! To Steer Youth Clear of Psychedelics–Psilocybin can cause a host of negative effects, including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, distorted thinking, confusion, paranoia, and death, among many others. This Know! tip shares information you need to know when talking to kids about psychedelic mushrooms.

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