The ADD-freeTraining project –
A European initiative aiming to build and implement innovative training on the prevention of Smoking, Alcohol and Internet addictions among children and adolescents: a family oriented training approach for adult learners and educators.
Addiction to smoking, alcohol and the internet are a common transnational problem, the extent and determinants of which know no boundaries in Europe. Addictive behaviors are high across the EU, especially among children and adolescents in disadvantaged groups contributing to widening health related inequalities regardless of MS or region. Evidence supporting the importance of prevention concerns all MS, as does the importance of family and school as the most crucial protective factors of addictive behaviors among youth. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to smoking, alcohol and internet addiction, a new understudied phenomenon raising concerns and requiring urgent attention. Internet addiction does not have the same social stigma as other addictions. Nevertheless, there are commonalities between tobacco, alcohol and internet abuse: wide availability, common causes such as childhood initiation, social deprivation and exclusion, poor access to education, problematic family and school environments, mental health effects. Although sharing common causes, adult training addressing these three addictions together is yet to be developed.
The ADD-freeTraining project will design and implement innovative training on the prevention of tobacco, alcohol and internet abuse in children/adolescents. The project promotes a family-centered approach to prevention, simultaneously addressing the school and wider social context and promoting healthy interaction within the family, school, peers and society
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