Monitor what your child watches when you are home

Choose a few times over the next week, preferably during the evening, when you can watch at least an hour of TV with your child.

Record the following information on this printable form:

  • The time
  • Channel
  • Show/Title
  • # times drugs shown
  • Content: is it appealing to youth and why?

Follow-up: Ask your child to do the same activity and then go over your findings together. Talk with your child about what he/she thinks about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs being promoted to youth. Were you surprised at how many times alcohol, tobacco, or other kinds of drugs were shown on television while you and your child were watching? Why or why not?