Talking about addiction with children can be difficult. This clip is a great starting point.
Traditionally we have tried to steer kids away from addiction by frightening them. Perhaps a more useful approach is to talk about the way our bodies and mind respond to addicting stimuli like drugs, alcohol, gambling, gaming, pornography, etc. This short animated film is a great jump-off point for a discussion in a class or at home with your own kids.
Script, direction, animation: Andreas Hykade Animation
Artwork: Angela Steffen
Duration: 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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An interesting, alternative approach
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Linda Stade has worked in various teaching and management roles in education for twenty-five years. She has worked in government and private schools, country and city, single-sex and co-ed. Currently, she is the Research Officer at Santa Maria College, Western Australia.