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DARE Lessons Explained...A Tutorial for Parents

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by Matt Travaglini on 6 November 2013

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DARE Explained...A Tutorial for Parents
Evolution of D.A.R.E.
--As of September 2013, the DARE curriculum has changed.

--DARE has evolved from a primarily drug prevention program to a curriculum that helps students make decisions in several areas of their lives

--Why and how kids should make decisions vs. "Just say NO!"

--Teaches communication skills, decision making models, bullying, etc.

--Program is research supported and "evidence based"
Program Design
-3 Officers from Dover PD
-Detective Travaglini
-Officer Joslin
-Dana Mitchell, Prevention Coordinator

-10 week curriculum

-Every lesson starts with a video explaining a difficult situation where a child characted makes a poor decision

-Every lesson ends with a video of the child explaining what they learned.
D.A.R.E = Drug Abuse Resistance Education

-Created by LAPD in early 1980s to fight increasing participation in gangs and drug use among youth.

-Adopted by hundreds of agencies through out the U.S. and Canada in the following years.

-Received criticism in the 1990s and early 2000s for lacking the ability to reduce substance abuse.
Lesson 1 Introduction

3.Define Responsible / Identify Resposibilities

4.Introduce DARE Decision Making Model
--DARE (Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate
1. Introduce Officer

2. Introduce DARE Box

Lesson 2 - Alcohol and Tobacco Lesson
Define risk and consequence

Discuss good risk and bad risks

Relate this to "Health Effects" discussed in Lesson 2
- Define "drug"

-Define "health affect"

-Explain health effects of tobacco and alcohol.

-Emphasis on the effects on a "developing" body
Lesson 3 Risks and Consequences
Use Decision Making Model to assess risks
Lesson 4 Peer Pressue
Define Peer Pressure

Provide students with at least 5 ways to respond to peer pressure.
Give students "Peer Pressure Scenarios" and have them use the Decision Making Model to make a positive decision.
Lesson 5 Dealing with Stressful Situations
Recognize signs of stress (both physical and behavioral)
Identify healthy ways to deal with stress
Point out unhealthy ways to deal with stress
Use Decision Making Model to evaluate "stressful situations.
Revert to "Health Effects" of Lesson 2 of alcohol and tobacco (to associate this as unhealthy way to deal with stress)
Lesson 6 Communication
Discuss importance of communication

Demonstrate confident communication

Use Decision Making Model to generate alternative options for effective communication
Lesson 7 Non-Verbal Communication
Define Non-Verbal Communication

Demonstrate Effective Listening

Use Decision Making Model to evaluate and generate options for effective communication

Point out people in student's lives who are "Effective Listeners"
Lesson 8 Bullying
Define and point out characteristics of bullying

Identify bullying behaviors

Differentiate between tattling and telling.

Discuss safe ways to report bullying

Use Decision Making Model to practice safe ways to report bullying.
Lesson 9 Good Citizens
Identify what it means to be a good citizen

Recognize the importance of reporting bullying

Use Decision Making Model to report bullying

Reinforce positive and safe behaviors to stop bullying
Lesson 10 Getting Help
Identify people in students lives that they can go to for help.

Review and reflect on lessons learned.

Prepare for DARE graduation.
This generation's DARE...
Give students the tools to avoid dangerous situations and to escape those situations when they are unavoidable.

Show students that police officers are another resource forthem in the community.

Make students think about the decisions surrounding the choice to abuse alcohol, tobacco or drugs...not just telling them to "Just Say NO!!"
Resulting in...
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