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Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 160: 542-547, 5/30/2006
Parental Misperceptions About Children and Firearms
This study found that many parents who were living in homes with firearms and who reported that their children had never handled firearms in their homes were contradicted by their children's self-reports. Furthermore, the study also found that those parents who locked their guns and discussed gun safety with their children were as likely to be contradicted as parents who did not take such safety measures.
Authors: Baxley (San Francisco General Hospital) and Miller (Harvard School of Public Health).
The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
Recognizing the Signs of a Grieving Child
by Rebecca Roberts Konarz, MSW, LSW
This article offers warning signs of a child affected by a traumatic experience or event that resulted in the loss a loved one. It points out the signs for two age groups: infants/preverbal toddlers and those children who are toddlers, preschoolers, and school age.
Talking About the Loss of a Brother or Sister
by Janis Harris Lord
This article provides help on how to talk about the loss of a child or sibling in the family. It suggests that it is best for families to grieve together, and offers sound advice on how to heal together.
The Family Clinic
Talking to a Traumatized Child
by Daniel T. Moore, Ph.D.
Repeated trauma is difficult for both parents and children. Some children are better at coping with severe trauma than other children. Everyone has their own unique way of responding and recovering from traumatic experiences. As a parent, the main goal is to allow your child to start the recovery process as soon as possible. This article offers advice on how to begin this process.
How to Talk to Your Children About Death
by J.W.Worden PhD
If you are concerned about discussing death with your children, you’re not alone. Many hesitate to talk about death, particularly with youngsters. But death is an inescapable fact of life. We must deal with it and so must our children; if we are to help them, we must let them know it’s okay to talk about it. This article can help you open the lines of communication with your child.
World of Children, Inc.
Want to Recognize Someone for Their Work in Advocating Children's Rights?
This website provides information on how to nominate someone who works with children and strives to make a difference in their lives. It also links you to the World of Children, Inc. website. The awards that are being offered honor workers who have made a significant commitment to improving the world for children. DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION IS APRIL 25.
American Journal of Public Health, 10/15/2004
Urban and Rural Intentional Firearm Deaths
This study analyzed the differences in urban and rural intentional firearm deaths, including suicide. The intent was to better discern the relative risk of intentional firearm death in urban versus rural areas.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Calendar of Youth Conferences
This website provides a monthly calendar for youth conferences and trainings on a wide variety of topics pertaining to today's youth.
National Research Council
Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review
by The Committee on Law and Justice National Research Council
This book, for adults, discusses gun control and ownership with a critical eye. It explores the effects of firearms on violence and the effects of different violence control policies. Using conventional standards of science to examine these topics, the book assesses the strengths and weaknesses of current information, and suggests ways in which it can be improved.
Editors: Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie
Partnership for a Drug Free America, 2/2/2005
Study Shows Fewer Parents Talk to Their Children About Drug Use
A recent study found that one in ten parents say they have never spoken to their kids about drugs. The study suggests that parents today see less harm with illicit drug use and are thus less likely to talk to teens about drug abuse. Research shows that parents significantly underestimate drug use today. This site provides links to other valuable resources on how to talk to your kids about a variety of issues they may face on a regular basis.
The National Association of School Resource Officers
NASRO is a not-for-profit organization for school based law enforcement officers, school administrators, and school security/safety professionals working as partners to protect students, faculty, staff, and the schools they attend.
Alan Madison Productions
The Last Shot (video)
The Last Shot is a hunting safety education film that documents a fatal firearm accident involving two teenage boys and captures the devastating emotional impact. The film shows the seriousness with which firearms must be handled and the importance of learning basic firearm safety.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
This nonprofit organization of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and victims of violence, works to keep kids from becoming criminals through early care and education programs for preschoolers, good schools, after-school programs and prevention of child abuse.
Committee for Children
Committee for Children is a nonprofit organization that works to link academic achievement with social and emotional competency. CFC has programs focusing on youth violence, bullying, child abuse, and personal safety.
National Crime Prevention Council
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.
National Crime Prevention Council
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.)
National Crime Prevention Council
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.
This non-profit organization works to create compassionate, safe and respectful environments for kids through programs that reduce the cruelty children inflict upon each other through ridicule, bullying and violence. It has developed the Don't Laugh at Me programs, for grades 2-5, grades 6-8, for summer camps and for after-school programs.
Injury Free Coalition for Kids
IFCK is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs, whose efforts are anchored in research, education, and advocacy. Currently, the coalition includes 27 sites located in 24 cities, each housed in the trauma centers of their participating institutions.
Children's Defense Fund, 1/31/2005
Children's Defense Fund 2005 Report on Children Dying from Gunfire in America
Summarizing the 2002 CDC Mortality Numbers, the Children's Defense Fund put out this detailed analysis of the data, with additional resources and suggestions for action. (Requires Adobe Reader.)
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