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Sample Marijuana Facebook Messages

Sample Marijuana Facebook Messages

Target Audience: Parents

These messages are intended to be used to help organizations and individuals encourage parents to talk with youth about marijuana use. Please feel free to customize any message for your own use.

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Disapproval

  • Tell your child you disapprove of underage marijuana use. Over 80% of young people say their parents are the leading influence on their decision to use or not.
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  • Reinforce that you don’t want your child to use marijuana – not just because you say so, but because you want them to be healthy. Young people are more likely to listen when they know you’re on their side.
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  • What you say to your child about marijuana is up to you. But parents who do not discourage underage use may have an indirect influence on their child’s use.
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  • When you talk about marijuana, be honest and express a clear, consistent message that underage marijuana use is unacceptable. If your child feels you’re being real and honest with them, they’ll be more likely to respect your rules.
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Communication

  • Your child may be getting information from friends, the internet, or the media. Do your own homework by searching the internet and listening to the media to understand what they’re hearing.
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  • Keep the talks about marijuana with your child low-key. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get everything across in one talk. Many small talks are better.
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  • Short, frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about marijuana. Start talking at an early age, before pressure to use increases, and continue the conversation throughout adolescence.
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  • Try to get into the habit of chatting with your child every day. Talking often builds an open, trusting relationship. Kids are more likely to avoid drug use when they have a strong, trusting relationship with their parents.
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  • Talk to your child about marijuana. Lots of little talks are more effective than one “big talk.” Try using everyday opportunities to talk— in the car, during dinner, or while you and your child are watching TV.
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  • Talk to your child about marijuana. Listen to their point of view and give your child the opportunity to ask you questions. Children whose parents listen to their feelings and concerns are more likely to say “no” to marijuana.
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  • Helping your child say “no” to peer pressure is one of the most important things you can do. Talk about possible peer pressure situations and help them to think of things they could say. Let them use you as an excuse to not use drugs.
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  • If your child is using marijuana, talk to them about it. Ask them what they like about it, and what they don’t.
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Actions

  • Show you’re paying attention and you’ll notice if your child uses marijuana. Young people are more likely to use if they think no one will notice.
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  • What you do is just as important as what you say. If you choose to use marijuana, keep it in a locked area, and explain that adults are fully developed mentally and physically while children’s minds and bodies are still growing.
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  • What you do is just as important as what you say. If you use marijuana, consider abstaining until your child is no longer living at home.
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  • What you do is just as important as what you say. If you grow marijuana, consider stopping until your child is no longer living at home.
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Brain Development

  • Talk to your child about marijuana. Explain that the brain is still developing until age 25 so using it before that can have significant impacts.
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  • Talk to your child about marijuana. Explain that the brain development between age 14 and 18 is as important as the development that happened between birth and age 5.
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Mental Health

  • Talk to your child about marijuana and your family’s mental health history. Explain that marijuana use can cause mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and psychosis, especially in families with a history or mental health issues.
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Addiction

  • Talk to your kids about pot and your family’s history with addiction. Research shows that 1 in 6 people who use marijuana as a teen will develop an addiction to marijuana.
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  • Don’t let your past stop you from talking to your child about marijuana use. If you used it, be honest. Acknowledge that it was risky and emphasize that it’s more potent than it used to be. Consider sharing an example of a painful moment that occurred because of your use.
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Learning

  • Remind your child that underage marijuana use is against the law, and for good reason. Point out that adults are fully developed mentally and physically while children’s minds and bodies are still growing.
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  • Talk to your child about marijuana. Explain that the brain is still developing until age 25 so using it before that can affect memory, IQ, and attention that can impact their school success.
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Safety

  • Remind your child that underage marijuana use is against the law, and for good reason. Point out that marijuana use affects reaction time, coordination, and concentration that can cause accidents.
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