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Alcohol - Bullying - Drugs - Smoking

ALCOHOL

The DrinkAware Trust's website is full of very useful facts, figures and advice concerning alcohol.

Drinkline

Drinkline provides brief telephone advice on alcohol misuse issues and refers people to their local services. The number is 0800 917 8282 and all calls are free.

LifeBytes

The Alcohol section of the Wired for Health site 'LifeBytes' for Key Stage 3 pupils contains information on alcohol and health and legal issues. There is an interactive quiz (flash plug-in required) and ideas for further activities.

TACADE

TACADE (established in 1968 as the Teacher's Advisory Council on alcohol and Drugs Education) is a non-Government charitable organisation, which has a particular concern to combat harm to health stemming from legal and illegal substance misuse.Their website contains details of publications produced by TACADE such as 'The World of Alcohol' for primary school pupil and 'Drink Deal' a card game about alcohol, their consultancy training and project management services and 'The Source' a peer education project involving young people in the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.

Wrecked

The Wrecked site was produced by the Health Education Authority and is aimed at young people between the ages of 16-21. It contains an interactive alcohol unit game, a true/false quiz about alcohol, facts and figures.

BULLYING

This section was introduced in September 2007 to reflect growing concern about the bullying of young people, not simply in the "open-air" context but also the increasingly lonely world of the mobile phone and the internet.

If YOU have been the subject of any sort of bullying, whether through name-calling, violence at school or in the street, text messages or internet emails or images on websites such as (eg) MySpace, or false blogs, then turn to one of the following websites for help.

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Don't Hide It !
  • Childline
  • Childnet International "Know It All". (It's mainly for parents, and can be very slow to load up.)
  • Refuge exists to help women and / or children out of an abusive home situation, plus there's a help page for men too. The website can also be read in a number of Asian languages, and there's a link to (eg) Karma Nirvana's advice phoneline at 01332 604098 (set up initially by Jasvinder Sanghera, who ran away from home at 15 to escape a forced marriage) where bi-lingual advice can be offered.
  • Kidscape
  • YAHOO: if you there's abusive stuff being emailed to you from a Yahoo user or being posted on Yahoo groups or chat, or put up as photos, REPORT it ! You need to click here to get to the pages where you can do that.
  • BEBO: if someone has said awful things about you on Bebo, go to that person's profile, scroll down to the "Block Report Abuse" line and click on "Report Abuse". Go through with it - DO it. Bebo will only act to block someone if someone else (ie YOU) reports them. Bebo won't automatically catch them if you don't report them. If you DO, then they can.
  • MYSPACE: it doesn't seem quite as simple to report abuse on MySpace as Bebo but it can still be done. Scroll right down to the bottom of the page where someone has said awful things about you and you'll see "About | FAQ | Terms | Privacy | Safety Tips | Contact MySpace | Report Abuse | Advertise | Jobs | MySpace International". Click on "Report Abuse" and make a very full report about the incident in the box provided.
  • FACEBOOK: I can't find anything on their website about reporting cyberbullying or abuse etc. Can anyone update me on this ?
  • WINDOWS LIVE SPACES: it's a bit like MySpace ... scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of the page where you'll find "Report Abuse / Safety / Help Central / Account / Feedback". Click on the "Report Abuse" link and - once again - fill in a very full report about the awful things that have been said about you. This "Report Abuse" page seems more helpful than the MySpace offering, by the way, so you'll probably find it easier :)
  • MOBILE PHONE NETWORKS: I've given up almost immediately on trying to see what mobile phone operators do about abusive texters after I found out that Vodafone apparently DO do something about them but ... only in New Zealand. I'll return to this area when I've more time (and again would appreciate any useful information :)

And remember ... STAY SAFE ONLINE ! Don't give out personal information to the world such as (in particular):- addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, internet contact details, school details, passwords or pictures. Do nothing like that ... it'll help keep you safe as well as stopping anyone stealing your identity. Always be a bit vague ... use an email address that isn't obviously your name, say you live in Great Britain ... or "the Midlands" ... something vague ... be better at keeping your personal information safe than other people are at getting it out of you !

DRUGS

WORRIED ABOUT SOMEONE ? THINK THEIR CHANGE IN BEHAVIOUR MIGHT BE DOWN TO DRUGS ? TRY THE "TALK TO FRANK" WEBSITE ...

GET REAL

Hampshire Constabulary developed this very helpful pack for use in schools. It covers substance use and misuse, crime prevention and personal safety.

Resources supplied are: users' manual, session cards, photocopiable worksheets, photographs, video. To order a pack contact:

The Publications and Communications Unit
Education Department
Hampshire County Council
The Castle
Winchester SO23 8UG
Tel: 01962 846415

DrugScope

DrugScope has been created through a merger of two information and policy organisations, the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (ISDD) and the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA). Their website includes information on their products and services, news and events, UK trends and updates, education and prevention.

RIDE

Produced by the charity RIDE the site aims to support the promotion of lifeskills and drug education in schools. It includes useful information about programmes for 9, 11 and 13-year-olds for use by teachers, though these revolve around paid-for materials.

Healthy Schools Programme

The website contains details of the Healthy Schools Standards and relates those to healthy schools programmes.

IBIS Trust, 1-3 Market Square, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1HG
Tel: 01494 794 483 Fax: 01494 794 339

The IBIS Trust provide services and support to school-based peer education projects and in developing new approaches.

LifeBytes

The Drugs section of the Wired for Health site 'LifeBytes' for Key Stage 3 pupils contains information on the sun safety code and skin cancer. There is an interactive quiz (flash plug-in required) and ideas for further activities.

Life Education Centres, 53-56 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DE
Tel: 0171 490 3210 Fax: 0171 490 3610
E-mail: lec@life-education.demon.co.uk

Life Education Centres are concerned with drug prevention education for the primary age range. They produce a range of publications and provide support.

Mind, Body & Soul

The Drugs section of the Wired for Health website 'Mind. Body and Soul' for Key Stage 4 pupils (14-16 year olds ) contains general information about drugs. A flash plug-in is required for some parts of the site.

National Drugs Helpline freephone 0800 77 66 00

Release

Release provides advice on drug-related issues such as school exclusions, drug policies, basic advice and counselling on young peoples' drug use and can also assist with referrals to appropriate agencies. They run the Drugs in School helpline on 0345 366 666, open 10am to 5pm weekdays.

RE-SOLV (The Society for the Prevention of Solvent and Volatile Substance Abuse)

Go here if you are concerned about inhalant abuse, sniffing or glue sniffing. Freephone helpline on 0808 800 2345 open 9:00-5:00, Monday to Friday.

TACADE (The Advisory Council on Alcohol & Drug Education)

TACADE provides support for professionals, professional groups, parents and carers working with young people, and produces a range of publications, training and consultancy products that enable children and young people to make positive changes in attitude, ability, skills and behaviour.

DfES PUBLICATIONS

  • New Guidance 23/4/1999: 'The Right Responses: Managing and Making Policy for Drug-Related Incidents in Schools'
  • Drug Education: Getting the Message Across, 3/98
    Report summarising the findings from 18 innovative drug education projects supported by the dfes through the Grants for Education Support and Training Programme in 1996-97.
  • Innovation in Drug Education (DfES), 3/97
    Report of 16 innovative drug education projects the dfes supported through the Grants for Education Support and Training (GEST) programme in 1995-96

Copies of these and other publications can be obtained from: Department of Education and Employment Publication Centre, PO Box 5000, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 6YJ Tel: 0845 602 2260 Fax: 0845 603 3360.

AGIT

  • AGIT Do-It-Better Guide For Governors : Tackling Drugs Together: Governors' Action
    This publication explains how governing bodies can make a positive contribution to the issue of drugs in schools.

OfSTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Drug Education in Schools: an update - September 2000
    This report outlines a survey of school drug education programmes in a sample of LEAs. The report includes findings on the quality of teaching, school policies, effective policies, effective policies and programmes, time allocated to drug programmes, agencies which support drug education, training and monitoring and evaluating provision.

Department for Education and Skills publications

There have been so many changes to these that all the following references may well be out of date :((

  • Digest of Drug Education Resources for Schools
    Summary of information about classroom materials currently available and other drug education resources for teachers, governors, parents and other professionals.
  • Drug Education: Getting the Message Across
    Report summarising the findings from 18 innovative drug education projects supported by the dfes through the Grants for Education Support and Training Programme in 1996-97.
  • Drug Prevention in Schools
    Sets out the statutory position on drug education in schools and deals effectively and consistently with drug related incidents.
  • Preparing Young People for Adult Life
    A report by the National Advisory Group on Personal, Social and Health Education, which sets out the importance of PSHE and the steps needed to develop its provision in all schools so that it is delivered well and consistently.
  • Protecting Young People - Good Practice in Drug Education in Schools and the Youth Service
    This guidance brings together the findings of OFSTED and the experience of health professionals and others. Of value to heads, teachers, governors and youth workers in planning and evaluating drug education.

In the light of 'Tackling Drugs To Build A Better Britain' and evidence from practitioners, the DfES has reviewed good practice in drug education in schools and the youth service and produced this checklist publication for Headteachers (including headteachers of independent and GM schools), Youth Services and Local Education Authorities. This supplements advice given in DfES Circular 4/95 'Drug Prevention and Schools'.

SMOKING

DOES SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED TO GIVE UP SMOKING? TRY "QUIT", the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.

HERE'S SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO HELP A FRIEND GIVE UP SMOKING !

IF THAT "SOMEONE YOU KNOW" DOESN'T FIND THE "QUIT" WEBSITE TO BE USEFUL, THEN MAYBE THIS ONE WILL DO INSTEAD - IT'S THE NHS "HOW TO DO IT" SITE

The British Heart Foundation's "Ten Steps to Quitting Smoking" page

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation aims to play a leading role in the fight against heart disease and provides research, support, education, training and equipment. Their website contains information in support of these aims (notably a detailed listing and ordering facility for any of their many free publications) and Healthy Heart, a health promotion section dealing with physical activity, smoking, drinking, blood pressure and heart conditions.

Cancer Research Campaign

The Cancer Research Campaign aims to investigate the causes, distribution, pathology and treatments of all forms of cancer and to promote its cure". This page deals with the dangers of nicotine - others deal with many of the other problems such as alcohol and other substances.

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