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Crime Prevention Month | School Safety

By Crystal Newton on Oct 22nd, 2014 02:40 PM

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While the most commonly thought of crime is considered out in the open, some crimes occur in schools and involve your children. With a few tips, your child will not only be able to learn in a calm environment, but will be knowledgeable of risks and how to handle them.

Bullying

Studies indicate that 1 in 3 children will suffer from bullying in their educational career. To prevent this from happening, you should not only educate your child about diversity, but encourage them to help others who struggle with being bullied.

Reward them when they solve problems without violence and listen to your child when they talk about their day. Bullied children are more likely to do poorly in school and become aggressive and depressed.  Take note of your child's behavior and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Cyberbullying

As the Internet has grown, it has become more than just an educational outlet for your children to do homework.  It is now a staple social outlet. Either online or via text, your child can be tricked into having confidential or embarrassing information revealed, leading to humiliation and the same side effects as bullying in person. Cyberbullying, however, can happen anywhere - not just school. Your child can come to associate the home with an unwelcome place.

Let your child know they should never send out personal information, including to people claiming to be their parents. Encourage them to ignore threatening or hurtful messages, printing them out to show an adult.

School Safety

To enable your child to live in a proactively safe environment, map out their routes to school. Be sure your child knows their address and phone number before allowing them to walk alone, and encourage them to walk with a buddy.

Ask your child questions about their day, including their classes, bus rides, recess and lunchtime. If you notice a pattern change in how much or little they talk about certain topics, or they appear upset when discussing them, it may be an opportunity to discuss school safety and bullying.

Drug Abuse

A survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed that one in five 12- to 17-year-olds have used marijuana. The National Crime Prevention Councilstated that early intervention can lead to decreased usage.

For teens who have used drugs and quit, or for teens who never have used drugs, the number one reason is parental support and fear of disappointment. Ask open-ended questions that can't be answered with a "yes" or "no." Spend time with your child daily doing activities they enjoy - they are likely to see you as more of a friend and feel comfortable asking questions about drugs or disclosing personal experiences.

Bottom Line

Talk to your child.  Turn the TV off during dinner and ask them about their day.  Take walks with your children and encourage them to be creative and open-minded.  Attend Parent/Teacher meetings and Open Houses at your children's school.  The more contact you have with your child and those involved in your child's life, the more likely it will be they will come to you when there is a problem.


 

 

 

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