According to the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey, 33 percent of 12th graders have used tobacco in the last 30 days. In addition, 59 percent of 12th graders have used alcohol in the last year. To become more aware how parents can make a difference, see the Dakota County Attorney’s Not My Kid – Alcohol and Not My Kid – Tobacco flyers.
What parents can do
- Be a positive role model.
- Know where your child is and who they’re with at all times.
- Establish a reasonable curfew and clear rules for behavior.
- Talk about your expectations regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.
For more information, see the County Attorney's Tool Kit for Parents Raising Healthy Teens booklet.