They also feel powerless. But there are steps parents can take to keep schools safer.
• Talk to your children. This is the best way to stay involved with their lives. Children often know about situations that could turn violent before adults do.
• Set clear rules and limits. When children know what the boundaries are, they actually feel a sense of freedom. Rules often work best if children are involved in deciding on them.
• Learn the warning signs. If you know what’s normal for your child, you will see the small changes that can mean trouble lies ahead. If your child drops out of activities he previously enjoyed, you should learn why. Lying, changes in eating or sleeping or physical problems may also be a sign.
• You’re the grown-up. Parents sometimes worry that their children won’t like them if they take a stand. Don’t let that stop you from taking action when you believe your child needs help.
• Stay involved with your child’s school. Be aware of your school’s rules and support them.
• Help organize a community violence prevention forum. Parents, schools and community officials working together can make schools safer.
• Work with your school. Many schools have peer mediation programs. Others use character education to help students learn positive values. Support your school’s efforts to help kids learn how to solve problems without violence.
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