By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger
Being a victim or perpetrator of violence, harassment, or bullying is a serious issue, with lasting negative effects on the lives of children and teens. When young people experience violence, they face more physical and mental health challenges as well as problems in school. They are also at greater risk of using violence themselves. Parents can play important roles in preventing or reducing these risks for their children. Consider these ideas:
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Violence and bullying can be reduced when people work together to create safe places for all young people. As a parent, you have a particular stake in the safety of your child, so joining these efforts can make a big difference. In addition, your child will see how important the issue is to you, and he or she will also learn from you about the importance of getting involved to make your neighborhood, school, and community better places.
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain is Vice President of Research and Development at Search Institute, and creator of the 9 Parenting Strategies. Roehlkepartain is widely recognized as an expert in child, youth, and family development in community contexts. Particular areas of interest include family strengths, community supports for families and youth, spiritual development, service-learning, youth philanthropy, and linking youth development with financial literacy. Learn more about the 9 Parenting Strategies here.