Term 3 2019 - Parents
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With schoolies fast approaching, be sure you have all the information you need to help your teenagers celebrate safely. In this issue you will find information on:
With the end of school year looming, Year 12 students will be getting ready to celebrate schoolies. It can be a wonderful time for them, away from home and enjoying with friends. However, this can make parents anxious because they may be concerned about the safety of their teenagers.

To ensure your teenager has a safe and enjoyable schoolies, it is useful to have open conversations in the lead up to any trips or parties. It is important that teenagers are informed about the effects of alcohol and other drugs, and are aware of the law around drug-related issues such as underage drinking and possession of drugs. It is useful to explore strategies that teenagers can use to turn down alcohol and drugs in a party situation. It can help them to know that the majority of teenagers their age DO NOT use illegal drugs, and more and more young people are choosing not to drink alcohol. It is helpful for teenagers to have emergency numbers handy, and maintain regular communication with their parents.

We have developed various resources to help parents communicate with their teenagers about this important topic.
Schoolies: What can parents do?

Schoolies/Leavers' week: What parents can do to keep their teenagers safe

This factsheet provides information on how parents can start the conversation about schoolies and how teenagers can avoid harm from alcohol and other drugs.
Hosting a teenage party always comes with risks but there are steps you can take  to ensure safety for everyone involved. Our new factsheet provides advice on how parents can minimise risks while hosting a teenage party.
Are you considering supplying alcohol to your teenager? Before you make a decision, make sure you have the right information. Our factsheet overviews the evidence about how parental supply of alcohol impacts teenager's drinking.
Open communication with your teenager about your expectations when they attend parties is important. This factsheet provides information on how you can ensure your teenager is safe.
Parents are highly influential in the decisions that teenagers make, including decisions about alcohol and other drugs use. Read this factsheet to find out how you can steer them in the right direction.
In this webinar, Paul Dillon examines what we know about alcohol use and teenage parties. It provides strategies and simple tips for parents who are considering allowing their teen to attend parties, gatherings and sleepovers, providing practical advice to ensure they stay as safe as possible. You can view this webinar on demand.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources
Your teenagers may not know about the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs. Yarn with them about the effects of drug use and your concerns regarding drug use.
This factsheet provides information on what parents can do to reduce the chance that teenagers in your family use alcohol (known as grog), tobacco or other drugs.
See all of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources or follow Positive Choices Facebook or Twitter for updates.
Upcoming Webinar: "Alcohol, MDMA and cannabis use: What impact do they have on adolescent brain?"
This webinar will be presented by Ms Jennifer Debenham on 11th October from 12:00pm to 01:00pm AEDT. It is for teachers, school staff, parents and others interested in understanding brain changes during adolescence. It will explore how alcohol, MDMA and cannabis use can interfere with the process of brain development. You can register for the webinar here.
Did you miss our last webinar on "Social media, alcohol use and parent monitoring"?
Presented by Ms Anna Smout, this webinar is for parents, school staff, and anyone else seeking information about the relationship between social media use and drinking. It provides insight into how parents can protect against alcohol use in adolescence. You can now watch it on demand.
Other News
We are constantly working to improve the accessibility of our website. Accordingly, we have now added 'read aloud' and translator functions. You can now translate our resources to 21 different languages.
Emergency+ is a national app that uses location coordinates from your smart phone's GPS to help you provide your exact location to he emergency service providers.
Health Direct Australia this app allows individuals to check their symptoms, gain information on a host of medications and be able to find a health service. It also maps out latitude and longitude coordinates that can be used in emergency situations where individuals may not be aware of their exact location.
Something you'd like to see on Positive Choices that isn't there? We welcome ideas for new content, so send us an email at info@positivechoices.org.au, and we'll look into it.
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