School violence has been a serious problem in recent years and, unfortunately, has become a part of life for Americans. New acts of violence occur on a regular basis across the country. Many school violence incidents usually involve weapons, such as guns or knives. However, it also includes fighting, bullying, and also gang violence, which occurs either on school property, during a school-sponsored event, or on the way to or from school. Many of the violent acts occur due to behavior they have seen at home, in video games, television, or on the streets. Because of the rise of violence in schools, it has left many parents wondering if their children are really safe at school.
Violence in schools can have a negative impact on students by preventing them from learning and traumatizing them. Many kids become fearful of going to school because they no longer feel safe. They are fearful of becoming victims to school violence.Parents can play a big part in helping their kids cope with violence in schools. Here are some helpful suggestions that will help your kids cope:
– Reassure your child that school is the one of the safest places to be and that violence in schools aren’t common. Let your child know that their school have thought-out plans just in case another violent act occur.
-It is important for you to limit the amount of news that they take in. Constant exposure to the media will only heighten their anxiety and fears. Also, try not to talk about the events in front of your child.
– It is important that your child feels safe at home, especially when the world around them becomes overwhelming. Let home be the place where they feel comfortable. It would be great to have family night at least once a week.
-Many kids have so many mixed feelings when school violence occurs. Some may feel angry or even grieve over the situation, especially if they loss a close friend. Therefore, it is important to encourage your kids to talk about how they feel. If they don’t want to talk about it, encourage them to write what they feel in a journal.