Help Children Know!

What keeps children substance-free? Simple. Communication, Information, Education, and Participation.

Children are less at risk of substance use when:
  • Parents communicate their expectations;
  • Adults listen to them, spend time with them, and explicitly tell them not to use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs;
  • They feel like their community cares about them; and
  • They have something positive to do with their time.
As a parent and an individual, you may feel like there's very little you can do to stem the tide of substance use, but the fact of the matter is that your children are listening and they will hear you. Inundate them with positive messages about their role in the community and about the benefits and advantages of staying substance-free. Get involved in helping children make the right choices.

Know! Your Part

No matter who you are, you can make a difference:

» Parents and Caregivers
» Educators
» Prevention Professionals
» Businesses
» Community Supporters
» Media
» Mentors

Represent Know! in your community. You can help make a difference in any or all of the following ways:
  • Volunteer to help others Know! their part
  • Distribute Know! literature
  • Organize a parent discussion group
  • Start a Know! workplace, community or school program
  • Obtain and distribute the Know! Parent Workbook, a handout detailing suggestions and guiding principles for communicating with young people