As unpleasant and frightening as it may be for parents to think about the possibility of their child being hurt by a predator, it’s crucial that parents talk with their kids about personal safety. Teaching your child how to protect himself against child predators is as important as other measures you use every day to keep him safe, such as making sure he uses a seat belt. By teaching your child how to avoid possible dangers and what to do if he finds himself in a potentially threatening situation, you will empower your child to know what to do in the event you are not there to protect him. Here are some important tips every parent should know about how to keep your child safe. READ MORE HERE
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How to Keep Your Child Safe
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: A child is snatched from the playground in broad daylight never to be seen or heard from again. And it feels like it’s happening all the time. But while it may seem like we are in the midst of a kidnapping epidemic, the truth is much less scary. According to data from the U.S. Justice Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), kidnappings are on the decline. Each year, between 200 and 300 kids are taken in “stereotypical” kidnappings (i.e. grabbed from their homes or playgrounds and then murdered or held for ransom), and 50 to 150 are murdered. Officials expect this year’s total number to dip to near 100, hopefully dragging down the murder rate accordingly. And despite what you might reasonably think after hearing the terrible stories of Elizabeth Smart (who was returned safely home more than nine months after her abduction) and Samantha Runnion, the specter of kidnapping by strangers should not be parents’ primary concern; parents themselves perpetrate more than 98 percent of all kidnappings, according to the DOJ. While about 700,000 missing children reports were filed in 2001, only a tiny percentage of those cases were non-family abductions. And here’s one piece of positive news: 94 percent of kidnapped children are returned to their parents. READ MORE HERE
Bullying: Experts share advice for parents, students
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that every seven minutes a child is bullied. Bullying became a household term in the 2000’s after the issue rose to national prominence in the wake of tragic stories of children and teenagers who had taken their lives because they were being picked on in school. Bullying is defined as repeated unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, according to StopBullying.gov. Although countless nonprofit organizations and school programs have sprouted up to tackle the issue, it seems bullying is not going away. READ MORE HERE
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College students with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) drink more alcohol than their peers, according to a new study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. In addition to the problems normally associated with alcohol abuse, the students’ heavier drinking also exacerbates their PTSD symptoms, the study found. “The study doesn’t identify what traumas led to the students’ stress disorder, but it’s safe to assume a good portion of them are survivors of child abuse and/or neglect,” says Rayne E. Golay, psychotherapist, child advocate and award-winning author of The Wooden Chair, a novel that illustrates the post-traumatic stress in the wake of child abuse and neglect. READ MORE HERE
The Relationship Between Parental Alcohol or Other Drugs & Child Maltreatment
The relationship between parental alcohol or other drug problems and child maltreatment is becoming increasingly evident. The risk to the child increases in a single parent household where there is no supporting adult to diffuse parental stress and protect the child from the effects of the
parent’s problem. The following is a summary of what is know by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. READ MORE HERE
Proposed bill would allow spanking children to the point of bruising
A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks. Current Kansas law allows parents to smack their children, as long as it doesn’t leave marks. But now State Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, says she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the hand and that could leave redness and bruising. READ MORE HERE
Mercy killing of children already happening in the UK says right to die doc Michael Irwin
Sick children have secretly been given deadly overdoses by British medics in illegal mercy killings, a doctor has claimed. The shock suggestion was made by retired GP Michael Irwin and it sparked an urgent probe as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to investigate “whether the law was broken”. It came just hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children. READ MORE HERE
Savage toll of abuse for children in DCF care
Kadyn Hancock’s aunt said she repeatedly tried to warn state officials that the 13-month-old’s mother might hurt him. But no one heeded her pleas, and Kadyn’s mother killed her baby in 2010. Last summer, child advocates questioned why social workers did not remove 3-month-old Chase Gideika from his troubled home before he was brutally killed, allegedly by his mother’s boyfriend. Now the disappearance of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver — missing and feared dead after social workers allegedly failed to check on him for months — is once again raising alarms that the state is unable to protect some of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents. READ MORE HERE
Bullying Breakdown: 7 signs your child may be bullied
If your child is feeling anxious, depressed or withdrawn, do not pass it off as “teen syndrome.” These warning signs may indicate serious physical, emotional, or psychological distress. Pay attention to a change in your child’s behavior, and take immediate action if you suspect he is a victim of bullying. I’m not a medical doctor, and my advice should not be substituted for medical consultation. If you suspect that your child is being bullied, seek immediate professional help. Here are several ways to detect that your child may be experiencing bullying: READ MORE HERE
THE STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN 2014 IN NUMBERS
Thirty years have passed since The State of the World’s Children began to publish tables of standardized global and national statistics aimed at providing a detailed picture of children’s circumstances. Much has changed in the decades since the first indicators of child well-being were presented. But the basic idea has not: consistent, credible data about children’s situations are critical to the improvement of their lives – and indispensable to realizing the rights of every child. READ MORE HERE
Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.
When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S. “The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,”Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.” The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed. READ MORE HERE
BULLYING and cyber-bullying is a serious (and sometimes even deadly) growing epidemic. It is negatively affecting our youth and we, as parents, need to be pro-active and vigilant in helping to protect our children!! It is a universal problem faced by kids of every age in today’s society. It happens in schools, neighborhoods, and homes every single day.
It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students (Source: National Education Association). Social media has allowed this disturbing new trend to escalate to extreme levels. Youth today cannot hide from bully attacks as it can happen through different forms of communication: in person, social media, email, text messages and/or phone calls. It is time for parents, schools, law enforcement and communities nationwide to take a stand against this type of disturbing behavior, blatant personal attacks, and public humiliation. We must work together in order to find solutions to this global problem…. Before we have to endure anymore heartbreaking stories like “Amanda Todd.” (see video below)
AMANDA TODD’S STORY — VIDEO SHE PUBLISHED PRIOR TO COMMITTING SUICIDE
“I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyone’s future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I ?” - Amanda Todd (Published on her YouTube video on 9/7/12)
She recorded this video on October 10, 2012 @ 11am, 4-hours later she killed herself…. RIP Amanda Todd
TEENS REACT TO AMANDA TODD’S DEATH AND BULLYING
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying.
71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.
Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school.
—Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
Need help? In the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A pedophile will usually exhibit a series of personality characteristics that are common in this type of offender. It is important to understand that these characteristics alone do not conclusively determine that a person is a pedophile. But if these indicators, combined with a pattern of behavior that arouses suspicion, are present then there may be enough probable cause to believe that the person is a pedophile. READ MORE HERE
INSIDE THE LIFE OF A CHILD PEDOPHILE – Pedophile Documentary:
Hardest Prisons: Predators – The Most Disturbing Inmates (Prison Documentary)
Adolescent addiction: When pornography strikes early
Justin was 11 when he first saw pornography. He’d been looking for remote-controlled cars and found a cool YouTube video showing one making a huge jump. He watched it repeatedly on his home computer, trying to ignore the sketchy video suggestions popping up on the side. But when his friend showed him the pornographic website those sketchy videos brought up, he was instantly hooked. “At that moment, I wanted more,” said the 18-year-old Justin, which is not his real name. “I looked up more. It was a constant need. I had no idea what it was. I was never happy with what I found. Even if it met my sexual preference, it didn’t make me happy. I (just started) clicking and clicking and clicking and never stopped.” READ MORE HERE
More than 40% of children under 12 have watched pornography – and experts say it’s turning teenagers into SEX ADDICTS
Think it’s not happening in your neighborhood? Think again. Get the facts on child sex trafficking, and let your voice be heard. There are fewer crimes in society that trigger greater public outrage than sex trafficking of children. Trafficking is a serious problem in the United States, yet many of the stereotypes surrounding the issue and the counter-productive approaches to fixing the problem, make it increasingly difficult to address the real dilemmas and oppression of those children in need of help. At present, the commercial sexual exploitation of children has become a staple of often scary tabloid and other media coverage. The sensationalist sex trafficking narrative commonly depicted in mass media by celebrities and activists doesn’t always reveal the full story of this complex and misunderstood phenomenon, which is often buffeted by data and themes that detract from potential remedies. Here are 10 child sex trafficking statistics that you most likely did NOT read…. READ MORE HERE
What You Need to Know
- Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person forced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years.
- An estimated $9.5 billion is generated in annual revenue from all trafficking activities, with at least $4 billion attributed to the worldwide brothel industry. (Ibid.)
- An estimated 2 million children, the majority of them girls, are sexually exploited in the multibillion dollar commercial sex industry. (UNICEF)
- An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. (UNICEF)
- Around the world between 50 and 60 percent of the children who are trafficked into sexual slavery are under age 16.
- Human trafficking is the second-largest organized crime in the world.
- 25 percent of all child sex tourists around the world are U.S. citizens.
- The largest number of people trafficked into the United States come from East Asia and the Pacific (5,000 to 7,000 victims). The next highest numbers come from Latin America and from Europe and Eurasia, with between 3,500 and 5,500 victims from each. (U.S. Departments of Justice, Health & Human Services, State, Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 2004. Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.)
The government has taken steps to address trafficking both nationally and globally. But we want them to take more action—find out how you can use your voice (and words) to help stop child sex trafficking. READ MORE HERE
Check out our Human Trafficking Resource Database, with information on anti-trafficking partners across the state.
New research on child trafficking is available in Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Journal of Applied Research on Children.
Stripped naked, beaten with a paddle and forced to wear nappies
A former member of one of the most notorious university fraternities in America has spoken of his experiences being beaten, locked in a basement and forced to stand in a waist-high bucket of ice as part of his attempts to join the exclusive organisation. Justin Stuart, who was 19 at the time, was an aspiring member – or ‘pledge’ – in a branch of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Salisbury University in Maryland. Along with others, he was subjected to cruel and dangerous ‘hazing’ rituals in order to enroll in the group. READ MORE HERE
Should Your Child Be Spanked at School? In 19 States, It’s Legal
Corporal punishment is still active in schools nationwide in the United States. Two-thirds of Tennessee school children attend “Paddling Schools” TODAY! Corporal Punishment is Prohibited in Nashville and Memphis schools. Florida, Alabama and Tennessee among states where Schools Can Paddle Students Against Parents’ Wishes. It is one of the most controversial methods of child discipline, but spanking in school — usually with a wooden or fiberglass paddle — is still allowed by law in 19 states. The practice is most prevalent in the Midwest and South. According to a report from the Juvenile Information Exchange, more than 28,500 students in Georgia were spanked in 2008, mostly in rural counties. The number is much smaller in Florida — around 3,600 last year — but that’s where the issue is getting new attention.
Where the states stand on corporal punishment:
District of Columbia–Illegal
SOURCE: Family Education
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Medical child abuse (Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy)
ONE OF the highest responsibilities medical professionals hold is to recognize and report child abuse. An in-depth Globe series, however, exposes how little guidance and assistance doctors and nurses receive from the state about keeping young patients safe from “medical child abuse,” an ill-defined umbrella term used when parents are suspected of acting against the best interests of their child in a medical setting. Medical child abuse is the modern-day equivalent of what was once known as Munchausen by proxy, a mental disorder in which a parent may intentionally sicken a child in a bid for attention or sympathy. The Globe series focused on Justina Pelletier, a 15-year-old Connecticut girl who has been in state custody at Children’s Hospital for 10 months, much of that time in a locked psychiatric ward, after doctors accused her parents of endangering her by seeking treatment for a rare metabolic disorder. Children’s believes she needs psychiatric help instead. The hospital alerted the state’s child protection agency after Justina’s parents threatened to discharge her. READ MORE HERE
According to the Department of Justice, each year more than 200,000 children become victims of family abduction. In an effort to increase awareness and educate the public on how common family abduction is and the importance of getting involved, the Public Service Announcement Child Abduction by a Parent or Family Member is a Crime has been developed. Through the launching of this PSA, the Task Force and CIR aim to create awareness and increase the reporting and investigation of family abduction cases.
An estimated 203,900 children were victims of a family abduction in 1999. A family abduction occurs when a family member takes or keeps a child in violation of the custodial parent’s/guardian’s legitimate rights.
Family/Parental abduction findings:
78% of abductors are the non-custodial parent35% of children were between 6-11 years old24% of the abductions lasted between 1 week and 1 month82% of abductors intended to affect custody permanently21 % are other relatives42% of children were living with a single parent15% were living with another relative/foster parent66% were taken by a male relative
Reasons why family members become abductors:
They are dissatisfied with custody decision in court They have been denied visitation for not paying child support They are protecting the child and/or themselves from abuse They are angry with the break-up of the relationship They are angry with the other parent’s new partner/lifestyle
An estimated 58,200 children were victims of a non-family abduction in 1999. Non-family abductions occur when someone who is not a relative abducts and detains a child without lawful authority or parental permission with the intention to keep the child permanently. In 1999 there were also 115 stereotypical kidnappings. A stereotypical kidnapping occurs when a stranger or slight acquaintance transports a child 50 miles or more from home and either kills the child, holds the child for ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.
Non-family abduction and stereotypical kidnapping findings:
81% were 12 years old or older in non-family cases 58% were 12 years old or older in stereotypical kidnappings In 40% of stereotypical kidnappings, the child was killed In another 4%, the child was not recovered 86% of the perpetrators are male The abducted children are predominantly female Nearly half of all victims were sexually assaulted
Over 1.5 million children had a runaway or throwaway episode in 1999. Runaway cases occur when a child of 14 years or less leaves home without permission for at least one night. For older children, a runaway is defined as a child who stay out for at least two nights. Throwaway episodes occur when a parent or other household adult tells a child to leave the house without arranging alternative care and prevents the child from returning home.
Two-thirds of children are between 15 and 17 years old The male-female ratio is equal More than half returned home in the same week 99% return home 21% are physically or sexually abused at home
Why children run away from home:
42% have family problems 14% because of peer pressure 5% because of drug or alcohol abuse 4% because of physical abuse
Child Find of America Inc. is a national not-for-profit organization that locates missing children through active investigation and publicity, prevents child abduction through education, and prevents/resolves incidents of parental abduction through conflict management and mediation.
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The Rapist isn’t a Masked Stranger
The fact, myths, and statistics are divided into several categories:
Approximately 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim.1
73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger.1
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.1
28% are an intimate.1
7% are a relative.1
More than 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within 1 mile of their home or at their home.2
- 4 in 10 take place at the victim’s home.
- 2 in 10 take place at the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative.
- 1 in 12 take place in a parking garage.43% of rapes occur between 6:00pm and midnight.2
- 24% occur between midnight and 6:00am.
- The other 33% take place between 6:00am and 6:00pm.
- The average age of a rapist is 31 years old.2
- 52% are white.2
- 22% of imprisoned rapists report that they are married.2
- Juveniles accounted for 16% of forcible rape arrestees in 1995 and 17% of those arrested for other sex offenses.2
- In 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated — 30% with alcohol, 4% with drugs.3
- In 2001, 11% of rapes involved the use of a weapon — 3% used a gun, 6% used a knife, and 2 % used another form of weapon.2
- 84% of victims reported the use of physical force only.2
Rapists are more likely to be a serial criminal than a serial rapist.
46% of rapists who were released from prison were re-arrested within 3 years of their release for another crime.4
- 18.6% for a violent offense.
- 14.8% for a property offense.
- 11.2% for a drug offense.
- 20.5% for a public-order offense.
- U.S. Department of Justice. 2005 National Crime Victimization Study. 2005.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics. 1997 Sex Offenses and Offenders Study. 1997.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics. 1998 Alcohol and Crime Study.1998.
- 2002 Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 1994 Study. 2002
- SOURCE http://www.rainn.org
Cyberstalking Dangers: How to Protect Yourself
No thanks to social media and other communication channels, cyberstalking activity is fast on the rise in the U.S. and around the world, prompting 38 states to implement legislation directly addressing cyberstalking activity. Given these trends, it’s more important now than ever before to protect yourself and your loved ones from dangerous individuals out on the Internet. Read on for a brief overview of cyberstalking’s risks and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim.
Real-life Risks of Cyberstalking
Cyberstalkers can have a variety of motivations that drive their unlawful activity. In some cases, they may simply be aiming to scare other individuals, rattling their confidence and security. Cyberstalking can serve as a form of bullying, especially among teens and other youth. But when cyberstalking is turned to in the aftermath of a failed relationship, it can increase the risk of domestic assault and other violence. Even kidnappings are a risk of this activity, and even if no physical contact is ever made, cyberstalkers may use these tactics to gather personal, confidential information about individuals and use this information to commit identity theft.
How Cyberstalkers Operate
Some instances of cyberstalking may seem harmless because of the sense of disconnect that can be created through online relationships, but experts say not to underestimate the effort a stalker will undertake in order to reach his victim. Furthermore, a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 85 percent of all stalkers—whether cyber-based or otherwise—suffer from some form of personality disorder. That means the mental processes and logic those individuals use might not be recognizable to people who haven’t had such mental health issues.
The actual tactics used by cyberstalkers can depend on their motives. In many cases, cyberstalkers can appear friendly and seek to build a relationship. Over time, they will gradually push for their victims to be more open regarding private information—this is especially true when trying to commit identity theft. But cyberstalkers can also be very aggressive, sending harassing messages all throughout the day in hopes of strong-arming their victim into the kind of behavior they are seeking. Because so many different strategies can be used, it’s sometimes difficult to tell when cyberstalking activity is occurring. As a result, the best bet is to take a preventative, cautious approach.
Prevent Cyberstalking and Protect Your Family
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, individuals should always avoid interacting with people who are strangers online, and they should never share personal information under any circumstances. Never agree to meet a stranger in real life, or if you do, never meet them by yourself. If interactions become hostile at any point, cease communications and consider reporting the individual to local authorities.
If illegal activity is an issue, consider protecting your personal information by enlisting the services of a fraud monitoring service such as LifeLock, which can pick up on stolen identities as soon as illegal activity starts. Know the privacy and rights of use policies for the various social networks and other communication platforms you use, and report any individuals who violate these policies. And if you continue to be harassed, consider contacting your cyberstalker’s Internet service provider about the activity—these companies have the power to cut off service to individuals that violate proper use and the ISP’s terms of service.
About the Author: Anne Scott
Anne is a stay at home mom who is obsessed with health and nutrition. She sells her own healthy snacks as a side business.
Why The “Rape Girls” Are Speaking Out
Courtney Andrews made the decision somewhere around Birmingham. It was Nov. 13, and she was driving from Athens, Ala., to Mobile, Ala. — a 350-mile stretch from one end of the Heart of Dixie to the other — when her phone rang. There were four, five, six reporters who wanted her contact information, Andrews’ aunt told her. Did she want to talk to them? Andrews, a 20-year-old exercise science student at Mobile’s University of South Alabama, paused. “I’m kind of a shy person. I was like, am I really about to do this? Is this really about to happen?” READ MORE HERE
Child Rape: For Survivors
This article is primarily intended to provide information and support for adult survivors of child sexual abuse who experienced penetrative contact. A secondary aim is to give information that may facilitate understanding for people who support survivors of child rape. While all child sexual abuse is serious, there are some specific problems associated with rape. I wrote this article because, while we see that there are many articles and webpages available about child sexual abuse in general, it is more difficult to find information that narrows the focus to rape. A Google-search of the words child rape tends to throw up links about arrested offenders and specific parts of the world in which child rape is sadly endemic, but relatively little on the subject itself. READ MORE HERE
Assessing Child-Abuse Reports a Complex Challenge
The calls, reporting suspicions of child abuse and neglect, come in at a rate of nearly 10,000 a day, to hotlines and law-enforcement offices across the country. They add up to 3.4 million reports per year — a daunting challenge for state child protection agencies, which must sort out the flimsy or trivial claims from the credible and potentially dire ones, and make decisions that balance the rights of parents with the welfare of children. Many states, after initial screening, deem more than half the reports they receive to be unworthy of further investigation. “In child protection, you are always walking a difficult line,” said Cindy Walcott, deputy commissioner of Vermont’s Department for Children and Families. READ MORE HERE
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Teenagers have carried out thousands of rape and sex attacks on other youngsters in a hidden epidemic of abuse, a report reveals today. More than 2,400 children, some as young as 11, are known to be victims of child sexual exploitation by gangs barely older than them, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England warns. And a further 16,500 are at risk nationwide, says a study by Bedfordshire University. READ MORE HERE
In addition to the pressures of grades, dating, picking a career path and substance abuse, teenagers face the very real threat of violence on a day-to-day basis. The Center for Disease Control reports that the number of acts of violence amongst youth between the ages of 10 and 24 has been cut in half over the past 15 years, but still remains 50 percent higher than any other age demographic. Luckily, teens don’t have to face these dangers alone. Parents can take several proactive measures to minimize the risk of a physical attack or threat on their child.
Control Internet Use
The millennial generation, or those born between the mid-1980s and 2000, represent the first generation of Americans who have never known a time in their lives where they could not connect to the Internet for information, communication and games. The Internet offers teens a means of connecting with friends and relaxing after school, but also poses serious threats. The i-SAFE Foundation reports that two in five teens have been bullied online, one in three have been threatened, and half have done cyber bullying of their own.
Control your teen’s online time by shutting off your web router when you are not home and keeping their computer use confined to a living room where you can monitor them. Keep a close eye on their social media activity since, as a parent, you have the authority to watch over and even delete their profiles if cyber bullying gets out of hand.
Your Home as Your Castle
Many schools have begun to take drastic measures to make sure students remain safe and free from harm. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that between five and seven percent of high schools use metal detectors in order to prevent students from bringing weapons onto the premises, in addition to other safety measures. Parents cannot always make sure teens remain safe at school, but you can ensure that they never feel threatened in your own home from any external danger. Never leave your family’s safety to chance, especially if you believe that your teenager’s peers may take the threat of violence to your very doorstep.
Find Strong Mentor Models
Many teens turn to or suffer from violence when they seek to fit into a social situation. Teens look for mentors as they struggle to understand their own identity and their place within the community. If they cannot find positive mentors, they may look to peers who act like adults, such as gang leaders. Mentoring.org reports that providing teens with a positive role model makes them nearly 50 percent less likely to abuse drugs or engage in violent behavior, and 25 percent less likely to abuse alcohol. Mentors can be any member of the community or a volunteer from an organization, and can be a means for a teenager to communicate with an adult who is neither a teacher nor a parent.
AUTHOR: Marcus Beatty
Marcus is a retired social studies teacher and grandfather of 12 who blogs from his log cabin.
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