Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Helping Others

Objective
To encourage the positive social skill of helping others.

Background
The development of social skills varies among children. Some children, through home and early childhood training, have developed the social skills needed for getting along with others. Skills such as cooperation, sharing, following directions, and listening are clearly established in many young children but might need work in others. One major social skill-helping others-is necessary for developing a sense of civic responsibility. Helping others without payment or gain can take many forms. One example is to be responsible about health habits by not spreading illness or disease.

Activites
As part of a lesson on communicable diseases, discuss personal behavior that helps others (examples: washing hands before handling food and after using the bathroom; covering mouth when coughing and sneezing and washing hands afterwards; staying home when sick). Have students-on their own or within groups-prepare posters depicting themselves helping others by not spreading illness or disease. Display the posters throughout the school.

Resources
Posterboard or paper; crayons or colored markers. 

Teachers Tips
Young children initially might not see that helping prevent the spread of illness or disease is helping others in the same way as opening a door, taking turns, or helping a friend with a classroom assignment. Taking responsibility for personal health habits is important to developing a sense of responsibility for others' welfare in society. You might need to explain why personal health habits are so important: They keep our families and friends healthy so they can feel well, do their jobs, go to school, and help other people in our neighborhoods and communities.

Source
Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program

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