Tips on preventing gang violence

Tips on preventing gang violence from Durmo Workshop
October 8, 2010 8:02:38 AM PDT
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WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD MIGHT BE GETTING INVOLVED WITH GANGS:

  • Staying away from home or school
  • Isolation/depression
  • Lying/stealing
  • Increased problems with the law
  • Hand-signals
  • Change of friends
  • Personality/mood changes
  • Alcohol/drug use
  • Unexplained wealth
  • Graffiti
  • Dress in a particular color/style/brand
  • Change in vocabulary

    THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT GANG INVOLVEMENT:

  • Visiting your child's school/once a week/twice a month.
  • Regular phone calls to your child's teacher/guidance counselor.
  • Regular communication with school staff.
  • Recognize and believe that concerned, caring adults can make a difference.
  • Provide youth with positive support systems: family, school, community and religious organizations.
  • Provide youth with pro-social, supervised after-school programs and other recreational weekend activities.
  • Empower young people with problem-solving/conflict resolution skills.
  • Provide youth with jobs and positive role models through mentoring and career internships.

    WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?

  • Know your child's friends
  • Serve as a school, youth group and community volunteer
  • Communicate regularly with teachers
  • Participate in parenting and awareness workshops
  • Encourage positive habits
  • Be a good role model
  • Encourage hobbies and positive interests
  • Listen, praise, spend time, and encourage your child
  • Utilize school, community, and police resources when in need


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