NEW YORK --
Tips on preventing gang violence from Durmo WorkshopClick to see the segment on fighting gang influences seen on our special WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD MIGHT BE GETTING INVOLVED WITH GANGS:
Staying away from home or school
Increased problems with the law
Change of friends
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