Boys and Girls3Without providing teachers and youth educators with adequate tools, raising the awareness of teens on drug use and its consequences becomes a very difficult goal to achieve.

The first phase aimed to this, and the partner organisations started with a deep research and review of those social media project that currently or previously worked with drug prevention or anti-drugs messages. This helped us finding the best practices avoiding those who can reveal themselves as pitfall and not usable. The partner countries collected all the results of this research into a written map that helped us focusing on the best tools and practices.

This enabled us to create a prevention program based on the social media Boys and Girls’ web-series messages, providing it with an attractive design.

The programme... (read more)

The programme has an interactive methodology in which the conversation is the main tool. Through dialogue young people will develop their own script/language about their attitudes towards life that will help them resist peer pressure. This type of methodology helped make this programme applicable to persons 13 to 19 years since the content is created in a group. The group itself will adapt the content to their age methodology serving as a platform from which to promote reflection group, individual analysis and socialization of ideas and attitudes.
The programme is composed of 6 units (45 to 135 minutes). Each unit is independent. Each unit includes 4 activities. Activities 1 and 2 are compulsory activities of each unit. Activities 3 and 4 are electives as you may want to work in more depth on that unit: Activities 3 include group discussion and activities with less personal disclosure by participants (third person examples). Activities 4 are focused on personal reflection and analysis of motivations and feelings of participants.
Depending on the objectives educators have, they can choose to implement a programme focused more on drugs themselves (information and work around this issue) or decision making (face drugs use developing this skill)…
Depending on the time educators have, after unit one and two, they can choose how to follow the programme by choosing one unit (3, 4 or 5) and finish with unit 6. Thus, if they have just 4 days of 45 minutes each and they want to focus the implementation on peer pressure, they can do unit 1, 2, 5 and 6 and just work activities 1 and 2 of each unit. If they do this they are still working on drugs, attitudes and decision making because they are included in units 1 and 2.

A tool analysis of social media project working in the drug prevention field has been carried out in order to identify those tools that could give the best results avoiding the ineffective ones. 

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