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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.

Important!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.

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.

Sherri Chessen
Important!The Gorp's Gift Teacher's Guide
Using the book, the Gorp's Gift, with its interactive pledge and Teacher's Guide, is a proven natural for teaching Violence Prevention. Classroom presentations have shown that the children not only 'get' Gorp's message of non- violence and peaceful conflict resolution, but they remember it, too.

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.

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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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 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.

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.

ARISE Foundation
ARISE Life Management Skills Program
The ARISE Foundation has developed a statistically proven life management skills program for at-risk youth in grades pre-K to 12. Their site offers instructor manuals and supplemental materials for 40 life skills topics specifically designed for students who have yet to learn how to learn.

William Mastrosimone
Bang Bang You're Dead (a play)
This play is designed for students to perform with minimal production values. The script, as well as follow-up discussion questions, can be downloaded for free.

North Carolina Dept. of Crime Control and Public Safety/N.C. State
Center for the Prevention of School Violence
Established in 1993, the Center serves as a primary point of contact for dealing with the problem of school violence. The Center focuses on ensuring that schools are safe and secure so that every student is able to attend a school that is free of fear and conducive to learning.

Dr. Fenichel's Current Topics in Psychology
Children and Violence
This former President of the NY State Psychological Association has created an educational website that has great links to studies, teaching aids, and organizations that deal with children and violence.

New!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 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.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 10/1/1996
Conflict Resolution Education
This PDF file is a 144-page report developed for educators, juvenile justice practitioners, and others in youth-serving organizations to heighten awareness of conflict resolution education and its potential to help settle disputes peacefully in a variety of settings. (Requires Adobe Reader.)

Coping with Weapons and Violence in School and on Your Streets
by Maryann Miller
For grades 7-12, this book uses research and extensive interviews in its discussions on the roots of violence, weapons in modern society, gun control, the influence of the media, the cost of violent actions to society, gangs, juveniles and the criminal justice system, how to protect yourself, and successful programs for deterring school and community violence. Behavior that leads to fights is explored, as well as steps to follow to avoid confrontations.
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 6/1/2001
Creating Safe Schools: A Comprehensive Approach
This study provides insight into just how safe children are at school. The study also lists ways that teachers, parents, and students can make their school a better and safer place to learn.

Educators for Social Responsibility
ESR is a leading source of innovative curriculum materials and teacher-training programs that focus on issues of peacemaking and conflict resolution.

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

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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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."

NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, 4/22/1999
Keeping Kids Safe
A discussion with 4 award-winning teachers on ways to help troubled teens.

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
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.

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.

National Center for Conflict Resolution Education
The National Center for Conflict Resolution Education provides training and technical assistance nationwide to advance the development of conflict resolution education programs in schools, juvenile justice settings, and youth service organizations and community partnership programs.

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.

New!Operation Respect
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.

Operation Respect
Operation Respect Programs
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 by 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.

Partnerships Against Violence
Anti-violence information on programs, funding, curricula, and tech info, gathered from the Departments of Education, Agriculture, Justice, Defense, HHS, HUD, and Labor.

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.

Hamilton Fish Institute, 9/18/2000
Report Finds Thousands of Incidents of Guns at School Are Not Reported
Thousands of students tote guns in America's classrooms every day, but few of those youths ever get caught, according to a new study. The report, prepared by the nonprofit Hamilton Fish Institute, determined that what students say about guns and other weapons in schools bears little resemblance to what administrators report. There are as many as 100 times as many guns in U.S. schools than are reported to the federal government. (Requires Adobe Reader.)

Educators for Social Responsibility
Resolving Conflict Creatively Program
The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) is a comprehensive school-based program in conflict resolution and inter-group relations that provides a model for preventing violence and creating caring and peaceable communities of learning.

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.

U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education, 5/1/2002
Safe School Initiative (Final Report): Implications for the Prevention of School Attacks in the United States
The Secret Service and the Department of Education studied 37 incidents of school shootings and school attacks occurring in 1974 to 2000, in an effort to see the causes of these tragedies and to explore what might be done to prevent future attacks. The report states that there is no easy solution but prevention is hopeful.

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.

Committee for Children
Second Step: A Violence Prevention Program
Second Step is a school-based social skills curriculum for preschool through junior high that teaches children to change the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to violence.

The Noodle Head Network
Staying Safe Around Guns (Video)
This video was developed for grades 4 through 7 by a coalition of organizations with a wide range of opinions about firearms. The video teaches kids what to do (and not do) if they come across a gun or if they find themselves in a situation where someone is handling a gun improperly.

Northern County Psychiatric Associates, 1/17/2001
Suicide and the School
An informative website from a group of psychiatrists that offers recognition and intervention for suicidal students in the school setting.

The Noodle Head Network
Suicide: A Guide To Prevention (Video)
This video takes a kid-friendly approach to intervening in suicide situations that teens are exposed to. It shows what to do and what not to do if a fellow teen is talking about suicide or showing warning signs. This video is also an excellent training tool for professionals who want to hone their skills in talking with kids.

Southern Poverty Law Center
Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance is a national education project dedicated to helping teacher's foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond.

The Bureau For At-Risk Youth
The Bureau For At-Risk Youth is an educational publisher and distributor of programs, videos, publications, and products for youth at-risk and their caregivers. Started in 1990, The Bureau supplies innovative, high-quality, user-friendly resources that help children; teens, parents, educators, and others cope with the many vital issues facing today's youth.

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.

Alan Madison Productions
New!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.

The Other End of The Barrel (video)
Shirley Lochowitz was a police officer whose son, Nicholas, was accidentally shot in their basement by a friend. This video recreates the day of her son's shooting, the impact on Nicholas and the family, and discusses safe gun storage.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons
ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation
ThinkFirst focuses on preventing brain, spinal cord, and other traumatic injuries by providing educational programs targeted to kids and young adults.

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.

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.

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.

Partnerships Against Violence Network
Youth Violence Prevention Curricula
A very long list of curricula links, gathered from six different government databases.

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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