Families

Action Steps for Families
  • Act as role models, settle conflicts nonviolently.
  • Take an active role in their children’s school.
  • Maintain two-way communication with their children; talk with them about violence they may have witnessed.
  • Do not keep firearms or keep them safely stored and locked up with ammunition stored separately.
  • Initiate or participate in community or school violence prevention groups.
  • Monitor/supervise their children’s use of the internet, television, reading material, movies, music, and video games.
  • Seek out support groups to improve parenting skills and manage anger, if needed. Establish and enforce house rules and reward positive behavior.
  • Establish and enforce household rules and reward positive behavior.
  • Demand involvement in violence prevention programs initiated by schools and communities and in disciplinary actions imposed on their children.
  • Supervise the activities of their children; know their schedule and their friends.
  • Urge their children to participate in organized after-school activities provided by responsible groups.
  • Practice zero tolerance for bullying and cyber-bullying.
  • Encourage community service.
Action Steps for Parents
  • Teach your child to respect him or herself.
  • Clearly state that violence is not acceptable.
  • Assist your child in finding nonviolent strategies for anger management and conflict behavior.
  • Seek help from school counselors for bullying and aggressive behavior.