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Talking To Kids About Tough Issues-Violence

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Tips for talking to your children about tough issues like violence. As a parent, how do you address the violence your kids see in their daily lives?

Tips for talking to your children about tough issues like violence. As a parent, how do you address the violence your kids see in their daily lives?


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  • 1. [Violence] Talking to Kids About Tough Issues Violence Free Coalition Of Warren County
  • 2. Violence Is All Around  With today’s 24/7 media coverage, children are being exposed to violence at increasingly younger ages.  The average child will witness 200,000 violent acts on TV by the age of 18.  Research shows children want their parents to talk to them about today’s tough issues.
  • 3.  Develop open communication. It’s important to talk to your kids honestly.  Provide straightforward answers; often the ideas they come up with are more frightening than the honest response.  Realize children feel better when they talk about their feelings.  Ask your child how they feel about what they have witnessed. “That movie seemed pretty scary to me. How did you feel watching it?” Encourage Children To Talk
  • 4. Monitor the Media  Watching violence can desensitize a child.  Be firm in what they cannot watch or play. Even if “everyone else” is.  Watch TV or play the video game with your child and talk about the things you are seeing.  Let them know why what you are seeing disturbs you. “This isn’t funny to me. Shooting a person in real life means someone’s family member is dead.”
  • 5. Reassure Your Child They Are Safe At School Acknowledge your child’s fears. Reassure them of their safety at school. Point out the safety features that are in place, such as locked doors and cameras. Find out if their school has a police officer assigned to the building. Encourage them to come to you if they ever feel unsafe.
  • 6. Reassure Your Child They Are Safe At Home Point out the safety features that are in place in your home. Remind the child of the rules for safety, such as never opening the door to a stranger or making sure to close the garage door when they come in from outside. Make sure they know how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
  • 7. Control Your Own Behavior Children learn by watching their parents. Examine how you approach conflict. Do you use violence? When you are upset, do you yell or use physical force? If you want your child to avoid using violence themselves, model the right behavior for them.
  • 8. Pay Attention To Boys Boys typically love action. But action does not need to become violent. Allow them safe and healthy outlets for their energy. Do not excuse violence with “boys will be boys.”
  • 9. Topics Of Conversations By Age Elementary School  What does your child consider to be violent?  What is the difference between rough playing, and hitting or bullying?  Why does your child like or dislike a violent video game or TV show?  How does your child feel when they witness people physically fighting? Middle School  What behaviors have you witnessed in school?  What should you do if you are being bullied or harassed?  What does an abusive dating relationship look like?  Why is it important to tell an adult about bullying or threats?
  • 10. To Read the Full Article and For More Information Click Here! “This publication/material was supported by the 5VF1CE001114-3 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessary represent the official views of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention” Jane B. Conn, VFC Director Megan Crouch, VFC Prevention Education Coordinator Pat Clark, VFC Prevention Education Specialist Violence Free Coalition Ohio Department of Health Ohio Domestic Violence Network Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Find us at: www.arcshelter.org www.facebook.com/ViolenceFreeCoalition