What Parents Can Do...

  • Develop open and frequent communication with your children.


  • Encourage children to become involved in other activities for a sense of belonging.


  • Monitor/limit children's exposure to violence contained in television, music, and video games.


  • Cultivate respect for others' property and pride in community.


  • Know the real names of those your child is spending time with and their families.


  • Don't let children stay out late or spend a lot of time unsupervised.


  • Become involved in your child's education and in your community.


  • Praise your children for doing well.


  • Talk to your children about gangs.


  • Spend quality time with your children.


  • Ask them their opinion on family matters.


  • Identify with positive role models.


  • Be a good observer.


  • Seek the facts-kids will tell you what you want to hear and adults will believe what they want to hear.


  • Set clear limits and follow through with proper discipline.


  • Teach your children about decision making.


  • Team up with other parents.


  • Learn about gangs and drugs.


  • Help develop alternatives for the children in your neighborhood.


  • Monitor your child's internet activities and know what they are posting on the internet.