Saturday, February 29, 2020

Sneak Peek of "Raven's Home" Anti-Vaping Special On Disney Channel

Photo: Courtesy of Disney Channel
Vaping is occurring in epidemic proportions amongst teens. Disney Channel's hit series 
Raven's Home will spotlight the risks associated with vaping in a special episode Sunday March 1 at 8pm ET/PT.   

The Disney Channel series starring Raven-SymonĂ© will air an episode called "What About Your Friends," in which the show's young characters learn a lesson about vaping. This episode is an opportunity for kids and families to have an open and honest conversation about this important topic. The episode will discuss the topic in a manner specifically relevant to kids ages 6-14 and their families. In addition, a special message from the cast of Raven's Home will follow the episode and air on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and You Tube.

Sneak Peek of Raven's Home "What About Your Friends" Vaping Episode:

In "What About Your Friends" Booker's new friends pressure him to try vaping. He turns them down and warns them about the dangers. They don't listen and when Coach Spitz finds a vape pen, the boys all claim it belongs to Booker and he is suspended. While a disappointed Raven seeks to understand what's going on with her son, Booker sets out to clear his name.

3 Ways to Start a Conversation with Your Child About Vaping:

  • Before you start the conversation, make you sure you have the facts about vaping so you can speak calmly and confidently from a place of knowledge.

  • Find the right moment.  A more natural discussion will increase the likelihood that your teen will listen. Rather than saying “we need to talk,” you might ask your teen what he or she thinks about a situation you witness together.

  • Reduce Emotion – Sometimes talking with children brings up strong feelings that interfere with clear thinking. Following the CALM steps can help a parent keep the conversation moving in the right direction.

    • C – Control your thoughts & actions. 
    • A – Assess & decide if you are too upset to continue 
    • L – Leave the situation if you are feeling too angry/upset 
    • M – Make a plan to deal with the situation 

**Excerpts are from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Family Checkup and the Surgeon General's Talk With Your Teens About E-Cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents resource. Courtesy of the Disney Channel**

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