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Check Out the Cool Spot.gov

Posted by on May 17th, 2017 Posted in: Children and Teens, General, Websites

Looking for a way to talk to tweens and teens about peer pressure and drinking?

The Cool Spot was created for kids 11-13 years old by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). One of the goals for this site was to help kids learn skills to resist pressure to drink and to give them reasons not to drink.  Some of the features are:

  • Reality Check quizzes kids about how much drinking is really going on in the U.S. .
  • Deep Digging is a simple but powerful page that depicts why using alcohol as a solution to problems, or a way of trying to cope, is trouble.
  • Peer Pressure Bag of Tricks presents animated scenes that invite kids to identify some common peer pressure “tricks.” It also lets kids know that spotting these tricks is the first step to resisting them.
  • Know your No’s is an activity that introduces kids to a variety of ways to say no, and helps them learn which one is the most effective.


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