A psychologist’s advice: How to talk to your kids about social media and drug abuse.


What’s on your teenagers social media feed? Social media is increasingly an almost invisible way that dealers are reaching young people. Dealers tend to sell to friends, and friends of friends. The kids involved on both sides of the deal don’t fit the stereotypes parents carry about drug dealers. The dealer could be any kid, at any school, anywhere. Parents need to create a culture at home that allows space for drug use to be addressed with their kids anytime. It’s important to inform them, but also be informed by them, about the drug culture around them. But if we do not set the proper tone, we may not get through to them at all. As their health and safety are at risk, we cannot afford to lose our voice in these discussions.

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