The sites below have been developed with kids or teens in mind. Some offer specific actions that kids can take to help with school violence, and others deal with conflict resolution skills that everyone can benefit from.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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.
Student Pledge against Gun Violence: October 23, 2003
The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence will be observed in schools throughout the country on October 23, 2003, a day of national concern about young people and gun violence. The pledge encourages young people to take a proactive stance in reducing gun violence.
The Gorp's Gift
by Sherri Chessen
In a whirlwind of confusion and bumbling delight, Gorp delivers the message that even the youngest child can understand and relate to ... guns can hurt! Designed to be loving and interactive, the book contains a pledge that the children can sign promising to remember accident prevention measures. Click to buy.
What’s Up with Freddie B. Ready; Freddie’s Surprise
by Mark Baldwin, LCSW
In this story, for ages 6-11, Freddie has to deal with responsibility when a friend shows-off his parents' firearm. Utilized by both parents and educators, the book is designed to engage and stimulate many aspects of your child’s personality, while integrating the important hands-off guns message. Following the story is a series of questions that will challenge a child’s understanding of the topic -- and they will be awarded points for each correct answer and receive a certificate for their hard work.
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The Washington Post, 6/25/2001
7 Ways to Cope With Bullies
This collection of articles and resources gives seven ways to cope with bullies. It provides information about bullying in schools and how it is affecting kids. For parents and teachers, the article provides early warning signs that a child might be a bully and what to do if a child you know is being bullied.
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.
Peter Stringham M.D.
Adolescent Violence Prevention
This website, from an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Boston University, is a collection of facts and advice that Boston teenagers, their parents, and anti-violence specialists have taught him over the years.
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.
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.
Association for Conflict Resolution
Get Involved with National Youth Violence Prevention
This web site's goal is to highlight the positive role young people can have in making their schools and communities safer. There are several themes which include respect and tolerance, anger management, resolving conflicts peacefully, supporting safety, and uniting in action. The website also has several educational tools and materials that can be used to promote the violence prevention message.
Stop The Violence, Face the Music, 1/17/2001
Get Unloaded Gun Safety and Education Campaign
The Get Unloaded Gun Safety and Education Campaign has been created by Stop the Violence, Face the Music and the Safety Ape to promote a Public Service Advertising Campaign utilizing radio, television, billboards, and print advertisements. The organization deals with gun safety.
In the Mix
Gun Violence: Live By The Gun, Die By The Gun
In the Mix is a show broadcasted on PBS that selects various issues and topics to discuss on a weekly basis. This summarizes the "Gun Violence: Live by the Gun, Die by the Gun" episode and offers additional links for information, surveys, and questions.
Guns: What You Should Know
by Rachel Ellenberg Schulson
Schulson's book describes different kinds of guns, explains how they are used, warns of possible dangers they present, and spells out simple rules to ensure gun safety. It uses simple words and bright, child-like pictures illustrate the importance of gun safety and rules, without taking a political stance.
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Just for Youth: School Violence Resources
This page provides links to various publications and resources specifically designed for children and teens looking for Youth Violence solutions.
U.S. Department of Justice
Justice for Kids and Youth
From the Department of Justice, a site for children, parents, and teachers on law enforcement issues including a special section on "hateful acts hurt."
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.)
White House Council on Youth Violence, the CDC and Federal Partners
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) was established as a central source of information on prevention and intervention programs, publications, research, and statistics on violence committed by and against children and teens.
A new nationwide program that is designed to give youth an alternative to making a report of someone threatening violence, or if another child is seen in possession of a weapon. The site also gives children the opportunity to report if someone is hurting them.
Sylvia Ozner-Segal, 4/6/2004
Safe Songs 4 Kids
This four part program, designed for kids 3 to 12, teaches kids about gun safety through the use of music, songs, games and a book that includes questions to check comprehension. Safe Songs for Kids and an award winning program, endorsed by The Children's Foundation and National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police.
SAFE Students is a national youth movement formed by students dedicated to reducing gun violence. This site also provides ways for other students to start SAFE student chapters in their schools and colleges.
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.
Sunshine State School Public Relations Association
This campaign attempts to break the "code of silence" among teenagers when it comes to violent or destructive acts. Silence Hurts is designed to encourage dialogue among youth and their peers, as well as youth and adults, and has a Campaign Toolbox designed specifically for students to bring the message to their school.
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.
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.
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.
American Psychiatric Association
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.
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.
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.
The Washington Post (Kids Post), 3/7/2001
When Telling Isn't Tattling
Made for kids, this article explores the importance of informing an adult if a peer is carrying a weapon or is threatening to bring a weapon into school. This article was written to highlight the significance of telling an adult, after friends of the Santee, California gunman say that he told them he was planning to shoot students at their school near San Diego, California.
Please note: Common Sense and its endorsing organizations do not necessarily endorse all content stemming from the links provided in this page. All resources in these web pages are provided for information purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Advice and opinions on mental health and other medical issues should be obtained through consultation with a licensed and trained professional.
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