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Posted on: December 4, 2018

[ARCHIVED] IN THE NEWS: Greenwich student survey yields surprising results

Greenwich student survey yields surprising results

By Jo Kroeker Updated 9:43 am EST, Thursday, November 29, 2018            

GREENWICH — Substance abuse, cyberbullying, social media use and the power of parent influence: The town Prevention Council surveyed about 3,000 middle school and high school students on these and other topics earlier this year.

Results of the survey will be released next week, but some educators and council members have spoken on its broader themes.

Responses revealed parents have a strong influence on their children — a surprising finding that could shift how the council’s 32 members, from education, law enforcement and health sectors, will approach educating young people, Commissioner of Greenwich Department of Human Services Alan Barry said Tuesday.  

“We focus all of our efforts on the kids,” Barry said. “That may not be the most effective strategy. It may be more working with the adults.”

Students said they were almost half as likely to try drugs if their parents expressed their disapproval of them.

Read the rest of the story at Greenwich Time.

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