Middletown Prevention Coalition
Parenting is tough. We've got your back!
Simple Steps to Safeguard Your Teens from Snapchat Drug Deals
If you are raising a teen you probably know that Snapchat is a MAJOR means of communication between them and their friends and peers. But did you know that drug dealers are using Snapchat to find new customers and are targeting youth? Snapchat is one of the more popular apps for buying and selling drugs because the messages automatically disappear, it shows a GPS, easy access to youth and it provides them with anonymity. Scary stuff!
Here are a few safeguards you can share with youth on how to Snapchat safely:
1. Go Ghost Mode! Snapchat has a feature that shares your location called Snap Map. Snap Map uses bitmoji's so you can't really tell who they are. Tell teens to go into settings and turn the Snapmap to ghost mode.
2. Report Suspicious and Illegal Activity. To report, press and hold on a Snap or Story and select the flag or report icon. Reports are confidential so the person does not know they have been reported. Make sure your teens know how to report if needed.
3. Know the Lingo and What Drug Deals Look Like. Teens use pictures and acronyms to communicate and Snapchat uses symbols as status indicators. Being familiar with these symbols and their meanings can help you identify who your kids are communicating with and what they are saying. Check out this quick guide to know what to look for.
4. Keep it Between Friends - Talk with your kids about only using Snapchat with close friends who they know in real life. Remind your teens it's not safe to friend people you don't know and it is definitely not safe to meet up with a person they meet online.
Substance Abuse Coalition Leaders of Arizona
Marijuana's Effects on Education
Marijuana can have harmful and long-lasting effects on a teen's health and well-being. For more information, check out this CDC fact sheet.
5 Conversation Goals: Talking with Teens About Alcohol and Other Drugs
Back to School Resources
Going back to in-person school is not easy for every child. Dr. Acholonu shares helpful tips on how to help your child make the transition.