Volume 31 Issue 2 11 Feb 2022 10 Adar I 5782

Risky teens

Adam Ezekiel – Director of Students 7-12

Paul Dillon – parent talk

Parents of teenagers are invited to join Paul Dillon, Director and Founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, as he discusses the important topic Risk taking – why do teens do the things they do? What can parents do to keep them as safe as possible?

Date: Monday 21 February
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm via Zoom – link will be provided closer to the date.

Adolescence is a risky time. As a teen matures and becomes more independent, they experience dramatic hormonal changes, increasing social and peer pressure and have greater access to alcohol and other drugs. This presentation will briefly examine the history of teenagers, rebellion and the different temptations that have existed over time. Using the latest research on the developing brain, it will also discuss why young people make the decisions they do during this time. Sleepovers, parties and gatherings provide teens with valuable opportunities to develop important socialising skills but are not ‘risk-free’. Paul will provide  practical strategies and tips for parents considering allowing their teen to attend such events to help ensure they are as safe as possible.

Paul maintains a blog through which parents and caregivers can stay up to date and have questions answered here, and one directed at young people here.

Please note: this Zoom presentation will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.