Opening Narrator #1 (Lauren)
Hi, My Name is Lauren Valenza. I ‘ve been involved in producing The Choice Game and I was honored when I was asked to play the part of Sally in four of the segments.
I have helped to write some of the scripts and my friends and family have played a number of the parts but, more importantly, The Choice Game has helped me develop my thinking when it comes to critical decision-making.
I’m now happy to narrate this segment of The Choice Game called My Family/Myself which shows highlights of many of the scenes in The Choice Game that involve family and self respect.
Not everyone lives with their biological parents. Some teens live with their grandparents or foster parents. Some teens may even be living with a trusted adult. The word family means many things. In The Choice Game we tend to show the traditional family but you still can learn a lot about how to communicate with most adults by watching how our Choice Game teens think and act.
Now you have a choice to see how different kids relate to adults usually their parents on different topics. They are:
First: Alcohol and Drugs
Third: Teen Pregnancy
Fourth: The Family
Let’s begin and I hope you enjoy the choices you make.
Drugs & Alcohol: (From Influences MW segment)
Mrs. Golden: Research shows teens consistently smoke the most heavily advertised brands.
Mr. Fernandez: Sally, what do you think of all this?
Sally: Well, lots of kids think it’s cool to smoke.
Mr. Fernandez: Tell me more.
Sally: Kids who think they’re cool all smoke ‘nd so do their friends.
Mrs. Golden: And if the oldest sibling smokes, the younger brothers and sisters are more likely to smoke as well.
Mr. Fernandez: Ads filled with pretty, sexy, attractive young people sell any product.
Mrs. Golden: Yes, “sex sells.” Young people think smoking leads to success, popularity and makes you look more attractive.
Mr. Fernandez: Sally, I’d like to ask you a question off the topic of tobacco, since I’ve know you and your mom for a long time.
Sally: (looks at him strangely) Yah?
Mr. Fernandez: Well, (he sighs) my 15-year-old son might be using marijuana and my wife and I are concerned. Do you have any ideas on what we could do?
Sally: That’s hard. From what I see kids go along with what their friends do.
Mr. Fernandez: My brother’s a neurologist and he says that one of the last regions in the brain to mature is the ability to plan and make complex judgments. Actually, the brain doesn’t finish developing until you’re 20 years old.
Mrs. Golden: I didn’t know that.
Mr. Fernandez: I’m afraid my son’s doing Marijuana and thinks it’s not harmful.
Sally: A lot of kids think like that.
Mrs. Golden: Well, you could always take him for a drug test and you’d know for sure.
Mr. Fernandez: Umm, I’d have to give that one some thought.