When children are killed or hurt at school, we often feel helpless. And hopeless. Don’t. There are things you can do, with your own child, to keep him away from trouble.

Of course, there are no guarantees. As we all know, perfectly behaved students can be innocent victims. But if all parents did their part, schools would be much safer for everyone. Here are some ideas:

• Be there for your teen. Teens with involved and gentle but firm parents are likely to stay out of trouble. Teens with distant and aggressive parents are not.

• Assign responsibility. By high school, teens should be doing household jobs or tasks. Pay your teen only for special jobs, not just for helping out.

• Stay in touch. Don’t ever let your teen think her school can’t reach you. Get to know teachers and principals. Make a special effort if you work outside home.

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