"Teens who use social media are five times more likely to use tobacco,
three times more likely to drink alcohol and twice as likely to use marijuana."
A survey of parents showed that parents weren't attuned to these influences;
- 87% said social networking won't influence their child's drinking
- 89% said it won't influence drug use, and
- only 64% of parents monitored their child's social networking
But despite its bad rap, peer pressure can also be a good thing. Most kids are making good decisions... but they often hear so much about the other decisions that they think they're tin the minority. They're wrong. Through their Strength in Numbers campaign the Shenendehowa Community Coalition is working to change that. They've polled their students and are giving them the facts in a really memorable way. Here are just a few:
- 71% of Shen students thinking drinking regularly is uncool
- 86% did not get in a car with a drunk driver, and
- 96% do not drink and drive.