December 2, 2021

Upstream Parent – A Parent’s Guide to Cortland County Teens

SPONSORED CONTENT from Cortland Area Communities That Care

Upstream Parent is a place for all the parents that really wish their teen came with an instruction manual. We all want to be the best parents we can be for our children, and for them to grow up to be healthy and successful. But let’s be honest, navigating the teen years was a struggle for most of us, so helping our own teens do the same can sometimes seem like an uphill battle. Plus the added challenges faced by teens today can leave many parents wondering where to start.

Luckily, we are here to help provide some guidance in navigating the crazy world of Cortland County teens. Modern parents like yourself have the entire Internet at their disposal, and it’s hard to know whom or what to trust. Here, we’ll talk about what we know about teens in Cortland County (we have a lot of data on the subject) and provide some awesome advice from local experts in the health field. Think of us as your own personal assistant when it comes to parenting teens.

So whether you’re worried about your teen drinking or doing drugs, don’t know how to talk about…sex, or want to help your teen deal with stress and anxiety, Upstream Parent is here for you.

Upstream Parent is a digital resource for parents managed by Cortland Area Communities That Care Coalition, a local nonprofit focused on making sure youth in our community grow up to be healthy and successful.

So what will you find at upstreamparent.org?

Visit upstreamparent.org to read these articles and more!

Data can sometimes be overwhelming to look at, understand, and most importantly find useful in our day to day lives! At Upstream Parent we want to make sure that parents are in the know and have all the facts they need to support their child through some of the toughest years of their life.

Local school districts and public health agencies (such as the Health Department, Cortland Prevention Resources, and Speak Up Cortland Suicide Prevention Coalition) are already using this data in their strategic plans to address local substance use trends seen in 7th-12th graders. We’ve created a series of interactive dashboards that can be used in your own “parenting strategic plan.”

At Upstream Parent we want to make sure that parents are in the know and have all the facts they need to support their child through some of the toughest years of their life. Wondering if 7th grade is too young to talk about drugs and alcohol? Check out these screenshots of our interactive dashboards– head to Upstream Parent to actually filter this data to find out what YOU need to know.

Our goal is to make this local data useful and interesting for you–parents!