Durham, NC, March 24, 2021 – Due to the pandemic, 50 million K-12 students were forced to learn remotely last year and 96% of colleges are still offering some portion of their education online. [1]

iRT has worked tirelessly to adapt many of our successful programs for the online-learning environment. These are an excellent resource for teachers, mentors, parents, and community groups to make sure their students don’t miss out on important behavioral development. Below are a list of out resources that will work in remote, hybrid, or homeschool learning environments:

Impaired driving prevention for high school and college students.

Help your students prevent impaired driving – distracted, drugged, drowsy, and drunk – through online training lessons that focus on skill-building in communication, planning ahead, and decision-making. There are cutting edge interactive video scenarios to practice the skills learned. This program is not about driving skills; it’s about ingraining responsible choices.

FORMAT: The program is fully virtual and can be purchased and completed individually. Ideal for high school and college-aged students.

Sexual health education through media literacy for high school and college

Innovative sexual health education programs available for both high school and college students that use media literacy education to promote sexual and relationship health. Media Aware seeks to deepen students’ understanding of the influence media have on their decisions and helps to develop their critical thinking skills related to media, sexual health, and relationship health.

FORMAT: The programs are fully virtual and can be purchased and completed individually in students’ own time, at their own pace.

Substance abuse prevention through media literacy for Grades 6-8

An evidence-based program for middle school classrooms, designed to give youth the ability to analyze media messages, recognize unhealthy behavior, and prevent substance abuse through the power of media literacy education. The curriculum reviews contemporary media including examples from social media.

FORMAT: The program materials are available online, so teachers can lead their middle school classroom in the curriculum remotely. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

Substance abuse prevention through mindfulness skills for teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

Research- and evidence-based mindfulness education program designed to enhance teens with FASD’s abilities to be aware of and manage their feelings and thoughts, cope with stress, make healthier decisions, and avoid risky behaviors such as using alcohol or other drugs.

FORMAT: The program is fully virtual and can be purchased and completed individually. Includes videos of teenagers using mindfulness skills in coping with stressful or challenging real-world situations. The entire program takes about four hours to complete.

Substance abuse prevention through Media Literacy for Grades 3-5

A web-based program with fun activities and media analysis lessons to help students discover the hidden messages of advertising at their own pace. Students will use clues to find the truth behind advertisements and learn how to effectively resist negative media influences. Media Detective Online is built upon the effective Media Detective and Media Detective Family programs, which have been proven to effectively reduce children’s intent to use alcohol and tobacco, and parents report that the program is motivational, age-appropriate, and easy-to-use.

FORMAT: The program is fully virtual and can be purchased and completed individually. Ideal for 3rd to 5th graders and takes ~2 hours to complete.

Substance abuse prevention through Media Literacy for Families of Students Grades 3-5

A web-based program with fun activities and media analysis lessons to help the whole family discover the hidden messages of advertising. Working together, families will use clues to find the truth behind advertisements and learn how to effectively resist negative media influences. Media Detective Family has been proven to effectively reduce children’s use of alcohol and tobacco over time, and families report that the program is motivational, age-appropriate, and easy-to-use.

FORMAT: The program is fully virtual and can be purchased and completed individually. Ideal for families of 3rd to 5th graders and takes ~2 hours to complete.