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
- 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.