Heads Up

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Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Scholastic site explains the science behind drug abuse.

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Positive Messages

Rather than just telling teens, "don't do drugs," the site explains the science behind how drug abuse can be physically and psychologically harmful.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

This site is all about drinking, drugs, and smoking, but the information is fact-based and educational, and does not glorify substance use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heads Up is a collaboration between Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse that teaches teens about the dangers of drug abuse. The site's tone, reading level, and style seem targeted to young teens and up, but parents may find the information useful for younger kids as well.

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Adult Written byJodi N. March 28, 2017

Good resource

This is a good resource to use, especially with the guidance counselor. The students enjoyed using the interactive part.

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Is it any good?

Sites about drugs and alcohol sometimes run the risk of turning off teens with their simplistic "just say no" messages. HEADS UP takes a more sophisticated approach, explaining the science behind how drugs affect the brain and body through interviews with experts, interactive features, and an engaging blog. The site also offers helpful resources for educators.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about finding reliable sources of information about drugs and alcohol. What would your teen do if he or she had a question or problem? What are the pros and cons of talking to a friend vs. a parent, teacher, or other adult?

  • Families can talk about why people use -- and abuse -- drugs and alcohol. What messages do you get from the media about drugs and alcohol?

Website details

  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: September 16, 2020

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