Alcohol and other drug information for parents
Parents can play an important role in building their children’s resilience, and supporting the key drug education messages that are delivered through our early childhood and school programs. To help you, we have resources suitable for children and young people of all ages including Challenges and Choices. We also offer education seminars at various times throughout the year and in different locations throughout Western Australia. You will also find fact sheets and links where appropriate right here on our website.
SDERA offers free Talking Drugs information sessions for parents of students in all year levels. If you would like to know more about what parents are saying after attending a Talking Drugs parent workshop, view the testimonial videos.
When children are very little, under the age of five, parents may want to talk with their children about passive smoking (tobacco), safe use of over-the-counter and prescribed medications such as asthma inhalers and panadol, poisonous and hazardous substances, and what to do if they happen to find a needle syringe.
As children grow, they start to process information in a different way which is why all education and conversations at home should be appropriate for the age of the child. In the primary years parents can talk with their children about passive smoking (tobacco), safe use of over-the-counter and prescribed medications, what to do if they find a needle syringe, caffeine (energy drinks), alcohol and alternatives to analgesics such as relaxation and coping strategies. This is also a time when parents might like to review their own knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards alcohol and other drugs.
Primary drug education fact sheets
|Pre-Primary||Year One||Year Two|
|Everyone feels unwell or gets sick sometimes||Kids and medicines||Safe storage of medicines and hazardous substances|
|Kids and medicines||Out of reach||Staying safe around medicines|
|Year Three||Year Four||Year Five|
|Caffeine and energy drinks||Caffeine and energy drinks||Helping your child be a non-smoker|
|Passive smoking||Families who want smoke free children||Rules about alcohol|
|Staying safer around analgesics|
|Helping your child be a non-smoker|
|Helping your child stay safe around alcohol|
|Rules about alcohol|
As children become teenagers communication becomes all the more important. Many parents use stories on the news to prompt discussion about legal drugs such as tobacco, over-the-counter and prescribed medications, caffeine (energy drinks) and alcohol, and illegal drugs such as cannabis, synthetic cannabis and methamphetamine. Conversations about ways to refuse offers of alcohol or other drugs, and your expectations about the use of alcohol and other drugs, should also happen.
The Young People and Alcohol Community Kit provides health professionals and community groups with resources and strategies about what can be done locally to decrease alcohol-related harm among young people aged 12 to 17 years. The resources have been developed to extend the reach of the message locally using messages that are consistent with the statewide Alcohol.Think Again program.
Secondary Supply Legislation is now in place in Western Australia, which makes it illegal to serve alcohol to minors in the family home without their parents consent.
These fact sheets are available in 15 languages:
where to get help
Connect is a directory of support services that parents and families can access when they or a family member may be experiencing problems with alcohol or other drugs.
If you think your child may have a drug use problem, talk with your doctor or your local Community Alcohol and Drug Service to find out what resources are available in your area that can help your child manage his or her drug problem.
Parent and Family Drug Support Line
T: (08) 9442 5050
Alcohol and Drug Support Line
T: (08) 9442 5000