MMGuardian will alert parents of potentially harmful situations based on the content of their child’s monitored messages. This page provides recommended actions for the alert type indicated above.
Technology has made it easier than ever for drug dealers to access children. Through apps like Snapchat, dealers are able to easily and anonymously verify the identity of the child and quickly hand off drugs. This obviously can lead to to horrible scenarios from addiction and overdosing to even kidnapping. It’s vitally important for parents to educate their children and be open and honest about drugs (click here for educational videos and a free contract you can use).
1. Call the SAMHSA National Helpline
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a hotline that you can call at any time to receive free, confidential assistance. The number is 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or you can visit their website at: https://www.samhsa.gov/
2. Stay Calm and Be Understanding
Even though it’s understandable to be upset when discovering your child is doing drugs, it’s important to make sure that you are able to have a conversation with them, rather than a confrontation. There is probably a reason that you should know about, and you won’t learn that if they get very defensive.
3. Warn Your Child About The Risks
It’s not necessary to try and scare children away from drugs by exaggerating. You can remain factual and warn them about the very real risks to their future, both from a legal standpoint and a health standpoint.
4. Have Your Child Talk to a Counselor
Counselors who have experience with children and substance abuse are a great option for these scenarios, especially for parents who feel very overwhelmed and don’t know how to handle the situation.