Interactive Multi-Media Resources: Middle School Level

Botvin LifeSkills Training: E-LST Middle School Online Program

The New e-LST Middle School (Level 1) is based on an evidence-based prevention approach that has been extensively tested and proven effective when implemented in classrooms by teachers and health professionals. This online program provides teachers, parents, and students with an engaging and flexible prevention approach that can be used at home, in class, or in hybrid learning environments.
This program can be paid for by partners at the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative.

Botvin LifeSkills Training: Galaxia

This engaging and interactive game reinforces the skills taught in the LifeSkills Training Middle School Program (levels 1-3). It focuses on preventing bullying, cyberbullying, substance use and violence.
This program can be paid for by partners at the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative.

Nuggets: Animated YouTube Video on Addiction

The video “Nuggets” follows a kiwi who encounters nuggets as it walks down a path. As it indulges in a nugget, the kiwi experiences a blissful high, causing the kiwi to feel as if it is flying in the air. The kiwi progressively experiences diminishing returns with each nugget it consumes, with subsequent flights becoming shorter and the falls back down to the ground becoming harsher. As the kiwi struggles with this, the white background also becomes darker and darker. The short video portrays the nugget as a metaphor for some sort of drug, with the story itself functioning as an allegory for the stages of drug addiction.

Project Here: Online Toolkit for Middle Schools

“A free online database of 100+ research-based prevention educational resources including turn-key lesson plans on topics such as vaping, marijuana, opioids, and healthy decision-making.”
Password: Massachusetts

CATCH My Breath

CATCH My Breath is a youth e-cigarette, JUUL, and vape prevention program specific to grades 5-12. This vaping prevention program is free to schools has shown to significantly reduce the likelihood of vaping in the year following program implementation. There are four 30-40 minute lessons in versions for grade 5, grade 6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12.

NIDA Kahoot!

Kahoot! games from NIDA test teens’ knowledge on how drugs and alcohol affect young people’s brains and bodies. These short interactive games teach scientific facts about vaping, marijuana, stimulants, prescription drugs, how drug use affects the brain, and more.
Kahoot! Game: “Keeping Prescriptions Safe: The Facts About Prescription Drug Misuse”
Kahoot! Game: “E-cigs, Vapes, and Mods: What Do You Know About Vaping?”
Kahoot! Game: “Marijuana Myths: Can You Tell Fact from Fiction?”
Kahoot! Game: “Substance Use and Your Brain: Do You Know The Facts?”
Kahoot! Game: “Drugs and Alcohol Can You Tell Fact from Fiction?”

2020 National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

Test your knowledge by taking the interactive National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz. There are 11 questions and 2 Brainiac questions. Quiz will take approximately 10 minutes.

smokeSCREEN

A best practice video game for preventing youth smoking and vaping that is most age-appropriate for middle school students or students ages 10 – 16. It can be used to compliment health curriculums. It’s free and good for online learning and takes about 2 hours for students to complete, however does not need to be completed all at once.

Drugs & Your Body: NIDA Scholastic Activity

Interactive activity for students to find out how drugs affect their body. “Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty” is a science-based, web interactive for grades 6–12 that reinforces key facts of several educational resources devoted to the harmful health effects of drugs on the body. 

The Dangers of Vaping: NIDA Scholastic Activity

Interactive activity for students to click on different images to find out facts about the dangers of vaping.

Drug Facts Challenge: NIDA

Drug Facts Challenge! is a Jeopardy-style game based on scientific findings developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The questions and answers are based on the NIDA for Teens Drug Facts pages on the Brain and Addiction, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco/Nicotine/E-Cigs and Inhalants.

Play as a group or have students play individually. Allow time for teens to review the NIDA for Teens Drug Facts prior to playing. You can print out or have teens access the pages online.

Effects of Drug Use: Provided by Learn.Genetics

Short clips providing information on the effects of alcohol, cocaine, opioids, inhalants, marijuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, nicotine, psychedelics, GHB & Rohypnol, and dissociative drugs.

ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience)

Evidence-based interactive program for teens which has interactive modules and quizzes (available in English and Spanish). The program delivers tobacco prevention education (including e-cigarettes, hookah, JUUL and synthetic marijuana) to teens and adolescents at a self-directed pace. Students also hear testimonials from former smokers, health care professionals, students and cancer survivors. ASPIRE aligns with national education standards as well.

Stanford Medicine Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: Kahoots/Quizzes

Kahoots are online quizzes that are interactive and easy to use. There are plenty to choose from when teaching about the harms of using tobacco/nicotine including topics on: Intro to E-Cigarettes/Vapes, Health Effects of E-Cigarettes, E-Cig/Vape Pen 1010, E-Cigarette/Vape Pen Marketing, What’s in E-Cigarettes/E-Cigarette Chemicals, and Pod-Based E-Cigarettes (Juul, Suorin Phix, and Puff bar).

Teen Health: Substance Use and Abuse

A short video reviewing teen substance use, the brain, and their risk of addiction.

Addiction & the Brain – For Kids!

This kid-friendly video explains how repeated substance use can hijack brain function, and the importance of delaying use until the brain has fully developed.

PBS Learning Media for Massachusetts Educators

This website provides educators with videos, games and activities aligned to state and national standards for students. These resources are organized by grade level and subject which includes health.

Coping Skills for Kids: Turning Negative Self-Talk into Positive Self-Talk

This podcast episode is all about turning negative self-talk into positive self-talk. It discusses two go-to strategies when working with clients to help manage the negative things they say to themselves. When negative thoughts fester, it can impact how we see ourselves and interact with the world. We want to focus on resilience and the positive aspects of who we are.

Challenging Negative Self-Talk

“As we go about our daily lives, we constantly think about and interpret the situations we find ourselves in. It is like we have an internal voice that determines how we perceive every situation. We call this inner voice our “self-talk,” and it includes our conscious thoughts as well as our unconscious assumptions and beliefs.”

 

Influence of Peer Pressure on Adolescents and Substance Abuse

NIDA explores in this video the intriguing similarities between the processes of brain development and computer programming. The analogy helps us understand why toxic environmental factors like drugs, bullying, or lack of sleep can have such a long-lasting impact on a teenager’s life and can be used to empower your children or students with information they need make better decisions.
Article by Addiction Hope.

 

SportSmart Documentary

Created by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative, this 30-minute documentary highlights the risks associated with athletic injuries and prescribed medications.

“Should You Drink to That?”: Virtual Training

This virtual training created by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative provides information on the impact of alcohol and underage drinking. The training discusses why is it important to talk about alcohol, the effects of alcohol on not only our brain and body, but our social life, why people drink in the first place, knowing your pour and understanding binge drinking, alternatives to drinking and safe practices if you do, as well as how to help a friend and local resources.

Stress & Coping Skills 101: Virtual Training

This virtual training is brought to you by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative and the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative. The training includes information on stress, coping skills and how to build resiliency.

Overdose Prevention Education: Virtual Training

This training is brought to you by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative. It provides an overview of opioid overdose prevention including: what are opioids, what is an overdose, what is the scope of the problem, what puts someone at risk to overdose, what are the signs of an overdose, strategies for managing an overdose event, naloxone and local resources.

Youth Cannabis Use: Virtual Training

This virtual training is brought to you by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative and the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative. The training includes an overview of cannabis and its impact on the youth brain, as well as some misconceptions around cannabis. It also provides specific regulations around cannabis in Massachusetts and resources on how to help a friend who is struggling with their substance use.

How to Help: Virtual Training

This training is brought to you by the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative and the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative. The training includes information on how to recognize substance use disorders, how to address substance use disorders, and some resources that might be helpful to someone that is trying to help.