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Being a positive influence

December 7, 2010 3:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Being a positive influence

This post was written by a 13-year-old Ventura County male.

If there’s teens who know about other teens drinking and want to prevent it, they might not go up to them and tell them what they are doing is bad or wrong because they’ll get laughed at. They also probably won’t tell an adult because they don’t want anyone to get in trouble.

I would suggest they talk to their teachers and principals to start a program or hold an assembly, to discuss the dangers of underaged drinking.

The media also sends messages. In music, people often sing about alcohol in a positive way. A kid can get influenced if he hears his idol rapping about getting drunk or high. If some favorite movie star is drunk, then a teen might think it’s okay to be drunk, too.

These stars should understand who they’re sending their messages to, and think about better messages.

Parents, too, need to be a positive influence. They need to talk to their kids and explain the dangers of underage drinking and how it can lead to addiction, fights, STDs and more. Parents also need to be role models by not bringing alcohol into the house.