Teen Violence Prevention
Many students don't feel secure in their schools and parents are more worried about their safety than ever before.
School shootings have made national headlines and are part of a larger problem. In the last ten years, homicides and suicides among youths have more than doubled. The rate of death as a result of firearms among American children l5 years and younger is twelve times higher than it is in twenty-five other developed countries combined.
We must prevent this epidemic of violence from growing. School metal detectors, security guards and locker searches are not the answers. And conflict resolution and after-school activities are just the tip of the iceberg to the solution.
Parents must be cautious about movies, TV programs and video games with violent themes and ensure that guns are not accessible to children. But more must be done. In order to prevent violence we must understand how it starts. When a teen is involved in violence and killing, it is likely that they had violent tendencies much earlier in their lives.
Violent and aggressive behavior is learned early in life. Four to l0% of children and adolescents have severe behavior problems. These children are at increased risk for juvenile delinquency and adult criminality.
According to the National Institute of Justice Research :
abused or neglected
as a juvenile for being a runaway
We must also recognize the relationship between child abuse and neglect, delinquency and crime among children, harmful self infliction and parenting prevention.
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