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PEPtalk – Prevention Empowering Parents and Pupils

(formerly known as PEaS)

PEPtalk is a parent initiative which aims to provide NMS parents with information about preventing addiction. We work closely with the teachers and educators to build on the school prevention programme.

​I​f you are concerned about a student or an incident at school, please contact one of the following staff members confidentially:
– any secondary educator
– a designated teacher counsellor (Vertrauenslehrer): Ms Birmingham, Dr Milena
– the addiction prevention coordinator: Herr Czwielong.

​Coming soon: Empowering Parents seminar for parents and students (in English) organised by PEPtalk ​parent initiative

Mon 8th May 2017, 19.00– 21.00 hrs
Preventing Addiction: Questions and Answers with Anne Wilkening
for parents and students from grades 6-10

in the Secondary Aula (Pfalzburger Str. 30, 4th floor)

PepTalk Preventing Addiction 8 May 2017

If you have any questions or would like to join our team, please get in touch!

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Recent PEPtalk projects:

Empowering Parents seminar (April 2016)

Thanks to all the parents who attended the fascinating and thought-provoking seminar by Anne Wilkening in April 2016. We learnt lots of interesting facts about what happens to the brain during puberty and got some practical tips on how to talk to our kids about gaming and substance abuse. And many of us had some interesting conversations with our kids the next day!

You'll find a wealth of information (in German only) on this website:

Here are a few important things we learnt:

About healthy media use:
Did you know that too much gaming actually causes you to gain weight?
Playing fast games in particular produces lots of adrenalin which in turn causes your body to produce unhealthy fat. Gaming should always be followed by physical activity!

Here are the maximum recommended weekly time limits for gaming:

  • Over 12 years – max. 6-9 hours per week
  • Under 12 years – max. 4-6 hours per week
  • Under 10 years – max. 2-4 hours per week

The best time to play games/use smartphones/tablets etc. is after getting home from school before homework and long before bedtime! The blue light that screens give off reduces the quality of sleep.

You can find lots of advice about safe gaming and internet use here:

Remember, it is important to know what your child is playing / doing online. Our school IT department has lots of ideas for fun, rewarding media resources you can try out with your kids.

About brain development:
Young people's brains are under construction from puberty until their twenties. Brain development is complete in young women by about age 23 and in young men by their mid- to late twenties.

About cannabis use:
Did you know that cigarette smoking amongst young people in Berlin has decreased but cannabis use has increased? The cannabis currently available in Berlin is 20 times stronger than what was around 15 years ago!

Cannabis also contains high levels of lead and cadmium which it absorbs from the soil.

Smoking cannabis during puberty permanently affects the parts of the brain and curtails brain development.

If you are concerned about someone you know, you can find information and advice on these sites

Delay, delay, delay!
The earlier that young people experiment with substances (alcohol, cannabis etc.), the more harmful and lasting the effects. So encouraging our kids to wait till they are older before they 'try' things out and helping them to find safe, healthy ways to have fun is vital (sports, music, programming and other hobbies).

If you want to read more about these issues, take a look at Anne Wilkening's presentations (in German only):

For information on in English, please take a look at:

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