School Safety - Are
your children safe at school?
contribute to an environment of nonviolence at your child's school, you
can take steps to help your child approach problems in a nonviolent
manner. Even if he is showing signs of acting aggressively, you can help
curb these tendencies. Just as violence can be learned, so, too, can it
be unlearned. This process begins even before a child enters school. You
can do the following:
- Make your home a safe, secure place.
- Promote respect for people of different racial or ethnic groups.
Model for your child your respect for people of diverse backgrounds,
Find opportunities for him to interact with children from different
- Get to know your child's friends and steer him toward good role
- Observe how your child relates with other children and encourage
- Discipline your child without using physical punishment.
- Make it clear, if necessary, that teasing or bullying other
children is absolutely unacceptable.
- Review the school's code of conduct and let your child know you
expect him to abide by it.
- Monitor your child's television watching and video game playing to
limit his exposure to violence.
- Keep your child from seeing violence in your home or in your
- If you have a gun in your home, lock it away securely, and
consider removing it.
at home in a reasonable, nonconfrontational manner. This will model
good problem-solving skills.
Talk to your child about the consequences of violent behavior.
By Kenneth Shore