Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Keep Your Child Safe  Encourage involvement in school, family, and community activities.  Get to know your child’s friends and their parents. Before giving permission for your child to attend a sleepover, birthday party, or play date, talk with the host parents. Find out who will be there and what kinds of activities are planned.  Know what TV shows your child is watching, which video games he/she is playing, and what music your child is listening to. Also know where your child is going online. Provide guidelines and set limits.  Find“teachable moments”to talk to your child about the consequences of drug and alcohol use. One discussion about drugs and alcohol isn’t enough.  Keep tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and over the counter drugs (cold medicines) out of sight and inaccessible. Preteens are more likely to experiment with items found at home.  Be aware that preteens who are looking for a“high” sometimes inhale fumes from aerosol cans, paint, etc. This is called“huffing”and it can be very dangerous.  Let your child know that there will be consequences for tobacco, alcohol, or drug use. Knowing there will be consequences gives your child a reason to “say no.”