Start Recording & Start Talking finalists

Drug Free Action Alliance and the StartTalking! prevention program, with support from Verizon, challenged Ohio's students to create videos designed to get parents and children to have frequent and honest conversations with each other about drugs.

More than 130 students from all over Ohio participated in the contest, and a review team pared down a list of finalists. The first place winners split a $2,500 prize, second place a $1,500 prize, and third place a $1,000 prize.

Research shows when parents and children have conversations about substance abuse, the children are up to 50 percent less likely to start using drugs and alcohol. In addition to watching these videos, learn how you can prevent your children from using or abusing drugs by visiting the StartTalking! website at www.starttalking.ohio.gov/home. And, sign up for biweekly Know! Parent Tips delivered straight to your email at www.drugfreeactionalliance.org/know/parent-tip-sign-up.
1st place winner

"Heroin's so bad. Why do people take it?" Would you know what to do when your child asks this question? "It Starts with a Question," by several youth at Genoa Area High School, made this video to help you start talking with your children.
2nd place winner

Courtesy of the youth at Marion L. Steele High School, "It doesn't have to be you," focuses on the dangers of youth substance use and how to talk to your children about it.
3rd place winner

Need some tips on talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol? Delaney McQuown, from Upper Sandusky High School, created this video, which stresses the importance of talking to your children and tips for how to do it.
It's important to not only talk to your children about drugs, but also to listen to them. Paige Burger, from Upper Sandusky High School stresses that tip in this video.
Teens look to their parents for guidance. That's why it's vitally important for parents to talk to their children about drugs and alcohol. This video, created by Fulton County youth is in the top 10 finalists of the Start Recording/Start Talking video contest.
Ever wondered how to talk to your children about drugs? How do you start the conversation? Samantha Pryor from Upper Sandusky High School created this video sharing tips about how to talk to your kids about drugs. Her video is a top 10 finalist in the Start Recording/Start Talking video contest.
Children who talk to their parents about drugs are up to 50 percent less likely to abuse them. Learn how to talk to your kids about drugs with this video from two students at Marion L. Steele High School.
This video, created by Rachel Rosebeck at Marion L. Steele High School, stresses how important it is to talk to your children about drugs and shares ways to do just that.