Parents are the leading influence on their kids’ decision to drink – or not to drink – alcohol. With students and families homebound during April, Alcohol Responsibility Month, they can turn to a diverse array of digital resources from Ask, Listen, Learn in partnership with Discovery Education to initiate conversations that help kids say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking.
“Ask, Listen, Learn provides digital resources for communities to learn about the impacts of alcohol on the developing brain, and we are proud to partner with Discovery Education to continue educating middle school-aged kids about the negative effects of underage drinking,” said Director of Communications at Responsibility.org Erin Hildreth. “While home together during Alcohol Responsibility Month, families can have informative and engaging conversations that teach kids the importance of saying “NO” to underage drinking.”
With classrooms across the country moving online, the following resources are available for at-home or distance learning. They provide families the key information they need to engage in conversations to sustain healthy lifestyles:
– Ask, Listen, Learn Digital Exploration: In this interactive and self-paced module, students learn about the effects of alcohol on the developing brain and use this information to help themselves (and friends!) make informed and responsible decisions when confronted with peer pressure to drink alcohol underage.
– Digital Exploration Family Activity: In this activity students react to scenarios related to underage drinking with a refusal strategy, an acceptance of a positive alternative, or a strategy to keep friends from making unhealthy choices.
– Ask, Listen, Learn Family Infographic: Learn key tips and tricks for how to start, and keep, the chat going about saying “NO” to underage drinking.
– Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix: Access videos, lesson plans, games, and other science-based resources available from the most widely distributed underage drinking program of its kind.
“Providing students with real-world content that supports the development of the whole student is critically important,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “At a time when families are facing unique challenges and stressors related to COVID-19, we are proud to amplify the work of Responsibility.org and to provide dynamic, science-based virtual learning resources that foster healthy decision making.”
Since 2003, underage drinking has declined 50% (Monitoring the Future, 2016), and conversations between parents and their kids about alcohol have increased 73% (Responsibility.org, 2016). Ask, Listen, Learn resources take a skills-based approach to teaching families and kids about communication, decision-making, and advocating for themselves and their peers.
For more information about Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, visit Responsibility.org and AskListenLearn.org. Stay connected with Ask, Listen, Learn through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and Responsibility.org on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home. For information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource center dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s need.