10 Things Kids Can do to Stop Violence

  • Settle arguments with words, not fists or weapons. Don't stand around and form an audience when others are arguing. A group makes a good target for violence.

  • violenceLearn safe routes for walking in the neighborhood, and know good places to seek help. Trust feelings, and if there's a sense of danger, get away fast.

  • Report crimes or suspicious actions to the police, school authorities, and parents. Be willing to testify if needed.

  • Don't open the door to anyone that you don't know and trust.

  • Never go anywhere with someone you don't know and trust.

  • If someone tries to abuse you, say no, get away, and tell a trusted adult. Remember, it's not the victim's fault.

  • Don't use alcohol or other drugs, and stay away from places and people associated with them.

  • Stick with friends who are also against violence and drugs, and stay away from known trouble spots.

  • Get involved to make school safer and better-having poster contests against violence, holding anti-drug rallies, counseling peers, settling disputes peacefully. If there's no program, help start one.

  • Help younger children learn to avoid being crime victims. Set a good example, and volunteer to help with community efforts to stop crime.

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