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Below are links designed for parents, step-parents, grandparents, and any adult who cares for children. These sites offer information on everything from school safety, to suicide prevention, to talking with your kids about guns.

American Journal of Public Health 90:588-­594, 4/1/2000
Important!Firearm Storage Patterns in US Homes With Children
This study shows that many children live in homes with firearms that are stored in an accessible manner and efforts to prevent children's access to firearms are needed. (Also published as a Rand Report.)
Authors: Schuster, Franke, Bastian, Sor, and Halfon (UCLA School of Public Health/RAND Center for Research on Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health).

Pediatrics (Journal of the AAP) 104:1059-1063, 11/1/1999
Important!Firearms in the Home: Parental Perceptions
A majority of gun-owning parents store their firearms loaded or unlocked, substantially underestimating the risk of injury to their children. Many firearm-owning parents trust their child with a loaded gun and believe that their young child can tell the difference between a toy gun and a real gun.
Authors: Farah, Simon, and Kellermann (Emory University School of Medicine and the Center for Injury Control).

RAND (also American Journal of Public Health 90:588-594), 4/1/2000
Important!Guns in the Family: Firearm Storage Patterns in U.S. Homes with Children
This study, a RAND analysis of data regarding firearm ownership and storage patterns found that of U.S. families with children and firearms, fewer than half store their firearms unloaded, locked, and away from ammunition.
Authors: Schuster, Franke, Bastian, Sor, and Halfon (UCLA School of Public Health/RAND Center for Research on Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health).

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.

Pediatrics (Journal of AAP) 111:e109-e114, 2/1/2003
Important!Most Parents Think Child Wouldn't Play with Gun
This study, "'They’re Too Smart for That': Predicting What Children Would Do in the Presence of Guns," finds that the vast majority of parents think their child would not pick up a gun if they found one, even though many parents have not specifically told their child what to do if they find a gun. The survey of Ohio parents also found that only 12% of gun owners with kids keep their guns locked and unloaded.
Authors: Connor (Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital) and Wesolowski (Case Western Reserve University).

The Seattle Times, 10/8/2000
Important!Mothers of Seattle boys involved in accidental shooting speak out
Last spring, Jake Sheehan accidentally shot his best friend Jared Davidson. Now each mother speaks about forgiveness and the healing of two children. Read Jake's mom's comments. Read Jared's mom's comments.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 160: 542-547, 5/30/2006
New!Important!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).

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.

The Future of Children 12 (Journal of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation) , 8/1/2002
Important!Study Finds Gun Safety Training for Kids Ineffective; Parents Must Prevent Unsupervised Access
This comprehensive issue, entitled "Children, Youth, and Gun Violence," finds that programs to train kids to stay away from guns, or behave responsibly on their own around guns, do not work. The report suggests that instead of trying to change youth behavior around guns, parents should focus on keeping kids away from unsupervised contact with guns, whether at home or in the community.

Pediatrics, 9/5/2005
Important!Survey finds 1.7 million children live in home with unlocked, loaded guns
This survey examined the prevalence of household firearms and firearm-storage practices to estimate the number of children exposed to unsafe storage practices. Among its findings were that 1.7 million of today's youth, ages 18 and under, are living in households with unlocked, loaded firearms.
Authors: Catherine A. Okoro, David E. Nelson, James A. Mercy, Lina S. Balluz, Alex E. Crosby, and Ali H. Mokdad

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.

PAX, The Movement to End Gun Violence
Important!The ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids)
Just talking to kids about the dangers of firearms is not enough. Kids are naturally curious and fascinated about guns. If a gun is accessible, there is a good chance that kids will find it and play with it. If you are a parent, here's how to ASK.

Important!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.

Important!The Lion & Lamb Project
Lion & Lamb is a national grassroots initiative by parents for parents, providing information about the effects of violent entertainment, toys and games on children's behavior. The organization works with parents, teachers, day care providers, and others to advocate a simple message: violence is not child's play.

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.

Important!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.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A Childhood For Every Child
This site provides advice on how to strengthen families, empower communities, and encourage positive youth development and children's well- being.

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.

New York University Child Study Center
About Our Kids
Using research and experienced patient care, the CSC provides techniques for parents and professionals in the raising of children and teens. This site offers various information to parents on the different problems facing children.

Pediatrics, 8/1/2005
Accidental Child Deaths Most Likely to Happen at Home
This article introduces new research that shows children are more likely to die from an accidental injury that they sustain in their own homes than any other place. The study points out that child deaths caused by unintentional injuries at home occur far more often, and most could have been prevented with adequate safety measures and supervision.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 8/1/2001
Addressing The Problem Of Juvenile Bullying
This report outlines bullying and how it contributed to recent school shootings and other forms of juvenile crime. The report also defines the three forms of bullying: physical, verbal, and psychological, and ends with the Bullying Prevention Program, an initiative designed to reduce bullying by intervening at the school, classroom, and individual levels. View report as a PDF file.

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.

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.

Pediatrics (Journal of AAP) 107:1247-1250, 6/1/2001
Boys, in Study, Find and Handle Guns; One in Four Pull Trigger
This study, entitled "Seeing Is Believing: What Do Boys Do When They Find a Real Gun?" shows that most young boys who discover a concealed firearm are likely to handle it and even pull the trigger, regardless of what they are taught about gun safety at home or if the gun is real or a toy.
Authors: Jackman, Farah (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), Kellermann, and Simon (Emory University School of Medicine and Center for Injury Control).

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.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
New!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 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.
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.

National Research Council
New!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

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.

Police Department of Mesa, Arizona
Gun Safety: A Parent's Guide
The city of Mesa, Arizona's police department has created a web page dedicated to parents and the responsibility they have to protect their children from gun danger. The website offers ideas on how to speak to kids, as well as basic safety instructions when handling a gun.

JAMA, 2/9/2005
Gun Storage Practices and the Risk of Youth Suicide and Unintentional Injuries
This study found that the risk of youth suicide is increased with the presence of a firearm in the house. The risk of unintentional firearm injuries is also significantly increased when a gun is accessible in the home. In order to prevent these injuries, it is recommended that certain safety precautions be taken. This study shows how these precautions decreases risk of injury and death.

Boston Parents' Paper, 8/1/1999
Guns in Your Homes and Others (excerpt)
Read what a Boston parents magazine says about talking to your kids about gun safety and safely storing firearms and ammunition.
Guns: A Hidden Danger
This article tells of how one mother, after the shooting in San Diego, took the extra step to talk to another mother about the guns in the home, before her daughter played in the woman's house.

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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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.

Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide
by Allan Creighton and Paul Kivel
This book is designed for counselors, educators, and parents. It addresses important questions for any adult who works with today's youth.
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Hospice Net
New!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.

Onomatopoeia Inc.
How to Talk to Your Kids About School Violence
by Dr. Ken Druck
This book presents techniques for improving family communication and parent-child relationships. It teaches parents how to tune into their child's world, manage their anger, handle a bully, and deal with potentially violent situations. The website also provides other helpful resources in keeping one's children safe.

The Columbus Dispatch, 2/20/2000
If Playmate's Home Holds Gun, Parents Should Know
"How embarrassing -- confronting a stranger about his gun. Asking him about something that he has the right to own and use. But I did the right thing. From that day on, I knew there was a gun in that house, and I knew that it was locked up tight."

Pediatrics (Journal of AAP) 105:1313-1321, 6/5/2000
Increasing Identification of Pediatric Psychosocial Problems: 1979-1996
Children today are more likely to be diagnosed with psychological and social problems, possibly due to an increase in the number of children living in poverty and single-parent families. The overall rate of anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and developmental delays rose from 7% to nearly 19% among children aged 4 to 15 years.
Authors: Kelleher, Gardner, and Childs (University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine), McInerny and Wasserman (Pediatric Research in Office Settings, Elk Grove Village).

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.", 2/19/2000
Keeping Guns Out of Kids' Hands
Would you ever think of asking the parents of your child’s best friend if they have a gun in their house? It’s something you ought to know, because there’s a gun in two out of every five American households. And in 20 percent of those households, the guns are kept unlocked and loaded.

Connect for Kids, 3/2/2000
Kids and Guns: A Special Edition
This special edition of the Connect for Kids Weekly tells you how you can get informed and ways you can take action to protect kids from guns. You can find ideas for community organizing, resources on violence and crime prevention, and more on the Connect for Kids Web site.
Kids and Guns: The Facts
Each year, there are 34,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S. How many of those deaths are children, and has that number increased in the last few years? Researchers at have collected statistics on kids and guns.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. Site includes many reports and studies about children in society.

Kids Growth Child Health
This parenting website contains advice on how to talk to children about various issues. It also has tips for improving parent-child dialogue that can help the parent understand what's going on in their child's life.

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.

This website also spreads the message of locking up firearms, with special focus on the handgun lockbox.

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.)

Mothers Against Violence in America
Founded in 1994, Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA) is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preventing violence by and against children through grassroots advocacy and student-driven educational programs.

Ribbon Of Promise
National Campaign to End School Violence
The Ribbon of Promise National Campaign to End School Violence has a three-fold action plan to end school violence: Education and Prevention, Intervention, and Enforcement. It offers videos, parent programs, and creative student solutions.

Yale Child Study Center
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence
NCCEV provides resources concerning children’s exposure to violence within homes, schools, and communities. Their collections – both virtual and physical – address research, public awareness, and the application of principles and practices in intervention and prevention.

National Parenting Association
The National Parents Association investigates the latest Congressional action on gun legislation around the nation, gun law proposals, and evaluates what proponents and opponents of gun laws are saying.

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.

Children's Memorial Hospital
Parent Advice Line
Children's Memorial Hospital offers a parental advice line. This free 24-hour resource for families is designed to help with any and all childhood health issues. This website also provides a link to childhood health topics for parents.

The Huntsville Times, 6/10/2001
Parental Influence Early in Childhood Crucial to Helping Gun Safety Issue (column)
The author talks about the role guns and gun safety play in his household, which includes his 3-year-old son and five-year-old daughter.

New England Journal of Medicine, 3/24/2005
Parents Who Lose Children May Suffer Increased Mental Illness
This study found that parents who lost a child were at a higher risk of addiction and mental illness problems. This is the largest study to date of parent bereavement and mental health.

The Christian Science Monitor, 5/26/1999
Parent-to-Parent: Is the Gun Safely Stored?
In the wake of recent school shootings, Jody Pawel is advising and encouraging parents on how to talk to one another about guns at home.

ABC News, 3/9/2000
Poll: 75 Percent Think Parents Responsible for Child’s Gun Use
An overwhelming majority of Americans say parents should be charged with a crime if their child uses their gun to shoot someone. 75 percent say parents should be prosecuted for failing to keep the firearm out of their child’s hands.
Author: Fuller (ABC News).

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - Juvenile Justice Bulletin, 4/1/2000
Predictors of Youth Violence
Identifying and addressing the predictors of youth violence at appropriate points in youth development is important for prevention. Unfortunately, there have been few high-quality longitudinal studies of the predictors of youth violence. This study brought 22 researchers together for 2 years to analyze current research on risk and protective factors and the development of serious and violent juvenile offending careers.

Detroit News/Los Angeles Times, 6/27/2001
Prosecutors Are Pressing Charges Against Owners Who Don't Secure Weapons
There are more than 30 million loaded, unlocked guns in American homes, the Justice Department estimates. For many, the loaded gun is a comfort. It's on the nightstand, in a dresser, in a briefcase in the closet. But now, prosecutors across the nation are beginning to press charges against gun owners who fail to secure their weapons.

The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, 12/1/2000
Protecting Teens: Beyond Race, Income and Family Structure (The "Add Health" Study)
This national study of adolescents has concluded that a strong predictor of gun-related violence is "easy access to guns at home." According to the study, known as Add Health, it is impossible to predict gun-related violent behavior using race, income, or family structure. Coupled with national mortality statistics and emergency room statistics, the Add Health data show that we must not be lulled into a false sense of security by believing that gun-related deaths and injuries only occur in someone else's family.
Authors: Blum, Beuhring, and Rinehart (Center For Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota).

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.

The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
New!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.

Reuters Health/Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 12/21/1999
Restricting Access to Guns May Be the Most Efficient Way to Help Prevent Suicide in Adolescents Under 16
Researchers suggest that restricting access to guns may be the most efficient way to help prevent suicide in adolescents under 16, as psychiatric problems appear to play less of a role in this younger age group, according to a report in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

National Fire Protection Association
Risk Watch: Unintentional Injuries
Risk Watch is a comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools that gives children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to create safer homes and communities. This school-based curriculum is divided into five age-appropriate teaching modules from Pre-K to grade 8, with specific materials written for parents on firearm injury prevention.

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.

Safer Child, Inc.
Safer Child's goal is to assist anyone looking for information and assistance on issues related to parenting, care giving, child health and safety. This page has links to news stories, information, and advice to help parents in dealing with guns and kids.

Connect for Kids, 4/20/2000
Safer Communities, Safer Kids
Schools are one of the safest places where kids spend their time, but fears for student safety have increased in the wake of school tragedies. As we mourn the lives lost and damaged by violence each year, we must take the opportunity to move beyond individual tragedies and reflect on ways we can strengthen our children, our families and our communities.

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.

Connect for Kids, 4/3/2000
Spotlight on Guns
Pediatricians Strengthen Call for Removing Guns from Homes . . . Child Welfare League Reports on Children and Guns . . . Guns Exempt from Product Safety Oversight . . . Tips for Parents

Partnership for a Drug Free America, 2/2/2005
New!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.

Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 24:352-358, 10/1/2003
Study Shows Guns May Hold Unique Allure for Young Boys
This study, entitled "Effects of Gun Admonitions on the Behaviors and Attitudes of School-Aged Boys," showed the discrepancy between what boys say and what boys do when it comes to firearms. While many boys say they are not interested in playing with guns, many will still touch a gun if left alone with one. Read Press Release.
Author: Hardy (Eckerd College).

Pediatrics (Journal of AAP) 106:e31, 10/1/2000
Study Shows that Moms Are Unaware of Guns in House and How They Are Stored
Researchers report that among American households with children, fathers are much more likely to own a gun than mothers--and that mothers are unaware if their husbands' guns are safely stored unloaded and locked. Among the households with guns, the investigators found that 60% of the adults surveyed said they themselves owned the a gun while 40% said that the gun did not personally belong to them--with over 85% of the non-gun owners being women. (Azrael, Miller, and Hemenway, Harvard School of Public Health.)

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 8/25/2003
Survey of American Working Mothers
This survey of the concerns of working mothers showed that their number one concern is the safety of their children, especially in the after- school hours. (Requires Adobe Reader.)

Pathfinders Publishing
New!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
New!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.

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.)

Pediatrics (Journal of AAP) 113: 70-77, 1/1/2004
Teaching Kids to Chant Slogans is Not Enough
In the study, "An Evaluation of Two Procedures for Training Skills to Prevent Gun Play in Children," researchers evaluated two methods of teaching children about gun safety. The effectiveness of the NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program and a behavioral skills training program were evaluated. The study concluded that the NRA's method was not sufficient because while the children were able to remember the verbal lessons, they were not able to carry the lessons into real life situations.
Authors: Himle, Michael B., Miltenberger, Raymond G., Gatheridge, Brian J., and Flessner, Christopher. (North Dakota State University)

Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska, 5/25/2005
Teen Suicide Report
Understanding teen suicide is essential as the epidemic continues to grow around the country. This study is focused in Nebraska where 15 to 20 teens kill themselves every year. Here the teen suicide rate is one-third worse than the nation's. These deaths and the stories behind them reveal much about the social forces contributing to teen suicide.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 6/1/2000
The Incredible Years Training Series
A growing number of children are experiencing conduct problems—aggression, noncompliance, and defiance—and at earlier ages The Incredible Years Parents, Teachers, and Children Training Series, described in this Bulletin, is designed to prevent, reduce, and treat conduct problems among children ages 2 to 10 and to increase their social competence.

ABC News Primetime
The Lure of a Gun: Why Can't Kids Resist?
An ABC PrimeTime experiment showed that many teenagers, including those who had recently received warnings to stay away from guns, played with a gun, aimed it at other teens, and agonized over whether to tell an adult. The experiment suggests what some clinical studies have shown: Teenagers who claim to understand the danger of guns and say they would do the right thing if they found one are in fact so seduced by the sight of a gun that they cannot resist the urge to touch it.

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

American Journal of Public Health, 10/15/2004
New!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.

Healthy Kids
Violence in Schools: Explaining Tragedy
Advice on how to talk to kids about violence in schools.

World of Children, Inc.
New!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.

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."

Youth Violence: An Overview
This website provides a clear sense of youth violence today, which it suggests is a highly visible but preventable problem. It offers links to corresponding studies and research on violence along with links to recent facts and prevention strategies.

Urban Education Web
Youth Violence: Resources for Schools, Parents, and Teachers
A list of Internet sites that offer resources on youth violence for school administrators, teachers, and parents. (Note: Some are dated.)

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