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Women Against Gun Violence
Important!How To Talk With Kids About Guns
This webpage offers age-specific suggestions on how to talk with your kid about guns. It also offers parents advice on how to listen to their children.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Important!Preventing Suicide
To help prevent suicide, follow these tips suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Depressive and Manic- Depressive Association. Also, included is a description of the problem and additional resources.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Important!Preventing Youth Violence
To help prevent violence in schools, follow these tips adapted from APA's Teach Children to Resist Violence and from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice's A Guide for Safe Schools: Early Warning, Timely Response. Also includes some statistics and additional resources.


National Shooting Sports Foundation/Project ChildSafe
Important!Putting a Lock on Safety (Firearm Safety in the Home)
Project HomeSafe was created to help firearm owners be responsible for properly securing and handling any firearm. This page has instructions on the safe handling and storage of firearms and a chart of the various locking devices available. Download firearms safety brochure.
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Children Now
Important!Talking with Kids about Violence
Parents and other caring adults have a unique opportunity to talk with their children about tough issues first, before everyone else does. This site provides tips and techniques for discussing this difficult subject with kids.


American Academy of Pediatrics
Important!Violence Prevention in the Home
This brochure offers basic, but important, advice about how to prevent violence in the home.


National Crime Prevention Council
A Dozen Things Parents Can Do to Stop School Violence
Help stop school violence with this starter list of ideas. Some require only individual action; some require concerted effort. Some address immediate issues; others address the problems that cause violence. Consider this list a launching pad.


National Crime Prevention Council
A Dozen Things Students Can Do to Stop School Violence
Help stop school violence with this starter list of ideas. Some require only individual action; some require concerted effort. Some address immediate issues; others address the problems that cause violence. Consider this list a launching pad.


National Crime Prevention Council
A Dozen Things Teachers Can Do to Stop School Violence
Help stop school violence with this starter list of ideas. Some require only individual action; some require concerted effort. Some address immediate issues; others address the problems that cause violence. Consider this list a launching pad.


American Psychological Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence
This violence-prevention campaign focuses on adults who raise, care for, and teach children aged 0 to 8. Also available in Spanish, the website has advice for parents and teachers to teach nonviolent problem solving and to create positive role models for children. Links to their radio and TV ads are included as well.


SAMHSA/The Center for Mental Health Services
Age-specific Interventions at Home for Children in Trauma: From Preschool to Adolescence
This brochure offers age-specific tips and suggestions on how parents can help their child when exposed to a disaster or traumatic event.


National Crime Prevention Council
Bullies: A Serious Problem for Kids
This printable brochure offers information for parents to help them with their kids who are being bullied. (Requires Adobe Reader.)


Kathy Noll & Dr. Jay Carter
Bully Advice for Kids
From their book for kids, "Taking the Bully by the Horns," Noll and Carter offer this advice to kids about how to respond to bullies and how bullies become bullies.


National Crime Prevention Council
Caregivers' Guide to School Safety and Security
This downloadable brochure offers advice to parents on how to help improve school safety. Topics include Listening to Your Children, A Primer on School Safety and Security, and Advocate for and Effect Change at School. (Requires Adobe Reader.)


The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Children and TV Violence
American children watch an average of three to fours hours of television daily. Television can be a powerful positive influence, but unfortunately, much of today's television programming is violent. This article contains some helpful tips parents can follow to protect their children from the effects of television violence.


Children's Defense Fund
Community Action Toolkit
The CDF's Toolkit is a user-friendly resource designed for people interested in taking action against gun violence in their community. It includes step-by-step information on how to begin a movement, organize coalitions, engage the media, and contact elected officials. The Toolkit also contains CDF's annual data report on child gun deaths, an activity planning calendar, and a directory of national and state organizations working to end gun violence.


National PTA
Community Violence Prevention Kit
Resources are listed in this kit on building effective coalitions, techniques for conflict management, and information on peer mediation to assist in various outreach efforts.


Policefamilies.com
Family Resiliency: Strategies 101
This website contains some excellent advice on having positive communication experiences with your kids. It also suggests some family problem solving techniques and exercises for parents and kids to practice healthy communication.


Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI)
Glossary of Gun Terminology
This list provides definitions for most terms used when discussing firearms.


International Association of Chiefs of Police
Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence
The purpose of this document is to present different strategies and approaches for members of school communities to consider when creating safer learning environments.


National Institute of Mental Health
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
This publication helps parents, teachers, and mental health professionals help young people avoid or overcome emotional problems in the wake of violence or disaster. The fact sheets discuss the impact of violence and disasters and suggest steps to minimize long-term emotional harm.


7/3/2003
KidsGrowth.org
An article with tips on gun storage and how to keep your kids safe.


Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation (LICSF)
Lil' Iguana and his friends teach children about all aspects of safety from guns to crossing the street. These lessons are taught through interactive stage shows, books that can be read right on their website and through safety songs, which are available on CD. The site also provides child safety statistics for parents.


National Crime Prevention Council
New!Making Children, Families, and Communities Safer From Violence
This article provides advice and outlines a plan for parents and communities to help curb the violence in their families and neighborhoods. It uses Partners Against Youth Violence in Seattle as an example.


National Crime Prevention Council
Making Peace -- Tips on Managing Conflict
Conflict produces stress, hurts friendships, and can cause injury and death. We can't always avoid conflict but we can learn to manage it without violence. That way, we use conflict to improve our lives and to learn from past mistakes. (Requires Adobe Reader.)


National Crime Prevention Council
Making Safer Schools
Creating a safe place where children can learn and grow depends on a partnership among students, parents, teachers, and other community institutions to prevent school violence. Here are some practical suggestions for young people, parents, school staff, and others in the community.


American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics
Raising Children to Resist Violence: What You Can Do
Research shows that violent or aggressive behavior is often learned early in life. However, parents, family members, and others who care for children can help them learn to deal with emotions without using violence. Parents and others can also take steps to reduce or minimize violence. This brochure is designed to help parents work within the family, school, and community to prevent and reduce youth violence.


National Crime Prevention Council
New!Scruff's Gun Safety Rules
Scruff (the younger counterpart to McGruff the Crime Dog) presents a message about gun safety in a fun puzzle for kids.


American Academy of Pediatrics
Some Things You Should Know About Preventing Teen Suicide
This article is specifically for parents, it provides them with facts and advice on teen suicide. It discusses the increase of teen suicide and lists signs to look for in teens possible thinking of suicide.


National Crime Prevention Council
Stopping School Violence
Addresses issues such as kids bringing weapons to school and the problems that cause violence and suggests methods to take action. Also lists resources that work to stop school violence.


KidsHealth.org
Straight Talk on Suicide
Knowledge and understanding are the keys to preventing suicide, a leading cause of death in teens. Read this article for information about suicide, including how to get help for yourself or a friend.


National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association
Suicide Prevention and Depressive Disorders
This webpage offers advice from mental health professionals on what to do before and during suicidal episodes. It also provides support from family and friends that can offer stability and restore hope. Doctors and patients who have everyday experience with depressive disorders prepared it.


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Talking to Children About Snipers and Terrorism: Tips for Parents
This article provides parents with simple ways to have an open dialogue with children, answer children’s questions, identify physical symptoms that may indicate stress or anxiety, and work with school personnel concerning classroom discussions.


National Crime Prevention Council
New!Talking with Children about Violence
The downloadable and printable brochure features tips on how to address the subject of violence with your children. The document features several talking points as well as suggestions to help parents encourage nonviolent behavior. (Requires Adobe Reader.)


Common Sense about Kids and Guns
Talking with Your Kids about Guns
This webpage provides some tips on how to talk with your kids about guns and it's in accordance with their age group.


American Psychiatric Association
Teen Suicide
This brochure is written specifically for teenagers who are dealing with typical teenage problems -- but may need help getting through the rough parts. It summarizes the symptoms of suicide and recent research on this important topic.


Oregon Health Division
The Oregon Plan for Youth Suicide Prevention
The United States Surgeon General has declared suicide a serious public health concern and has issued a call to action for each state to implement suicide prevention strategies. The Oregon Health Division has developed prevention strategies derived from evidence-based research, public input, and recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Youth Suicide Prevention.


National Crime Prevention Council
Turning Off Media Violence
Exposing children to violence can make them less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, more fearful of the world around them, and more willing to act aggressively. Fortunately, most media violence can be turned off.


KidsHealth.org
Understanding and Preventing Teen Suicide
An informative site for parents to help them recognize trouble signs and take action to help their child.


ETR Publishing
Violence Prevention Pamphlets
ETR Publishing produces and distributes educational brochures and videos on a range of health related topics. This link to their online catalogue features 47 brochures on the theme of violence prevention, including bullying, anger management, and Spanish translations.


APA and MTV
Warning Signs of Teen Violence
To help youth proactively address the problem of violence, APA and MTV have teamed up to provide youth with information about identifying the warning signs of violent behavior and how to get help if they recognize these signs in themselves or their peers.


Parenting With Dignity
Warning Signs: Gangs and Violence
Parenting With Dignity contends that kids telegraph signals when they are engaged in activities in which they shouldn't be involved. On this site, they offer some of those 'warning signs' and offer suggestions and practical resources to help parents help their kids make good decisions.


National Safety Council
Why Teens Turn Violent: Recognize the Signs
Safety tips and advice on recognizing the signs of teen violence "before it's too late."


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