For Parents

Why Do Teens Act This Way? – From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear to be anything-but-normal to parents and other bystanders. Watch a video explaining the teen brain and the maturation process.

Bullying Prevention – Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.

Bullying Prevention – This guide offers a comprehensive overview for parents to learn what they can do to address and prevent bullying

Center for Schools and Communities – Prevention and intervention initiatives operated by schools, organizations, and agencies serving children, youth, and families

Child Trends – A guide to assessing and increasing school engagement

Cyberbulling Resource Guide – a list of resources for parents and educators from the University of Pittsburgh regarding cyberbullying

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Get Smart About Drugs: Intervene – A DEA resource for parents on how to prepare for intervention conversations with your child

Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention (US Department of Education)

Heroin: What Parents Need to Know (

Lock the Cabinet – A movement to encourage adults to take all precautions to avoid prescription drug abuse by children

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

National Families in Action – Missioned to help families and communities prevent drug use among children by promoting policies based on science

NIDA for Parents – NIDA’s teen site with a page dedicated to parents with information regarding: Drugs and Your Kids, Scientific Facts About Drugs and Drug Abuse Treatment

Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Medicine Abuse Project)

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (NIDA)

Stop Medicine Abuse – Dedicated to informing parents of teens abusing over-the-counter drugs like cough syrup. Website includes prevention tips, slang terms, and a blog from “Five Moms” on key topics.

uKnowKids – An online service that helps you monitor and quickly analyze your child’s social networking and mobile phone activity, profiles, friends and much more.