What the Media Can Do to Prevent Youth Violence:

  • Minimize the sensationalist aspects of coverage of school crime; place such crimes in statistical context.
  • Reinforce anti-violence messages and ideas provided by schools and communities.
  • Portray the consequences of violence realistically.
  • Provide parents and other adult caretakers of children with guidelines to help them supervise and monitor their children’s use of the media.
  • Promote and participate in community coalitions for the prevention of youth violence.
  • Promote and publicize anti-violence programs, policies, and community efforts.
  • Facilitate community discussion forums about violence prevention.

Excerpted from The Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Youth and Violence: Medicine, Nursing and Public Health: Connecting the Dots to Prevent Violence. Chicago: American Medical Association. 2000.