Violence ... An Action Plan
has always worked to prevent injuries and save young lives. SADD's efforts
to end underage drinking and impaired driving have achieved much success.
Impaired driving is no longer the number one killer of young people. However,
America is experiencing a new deadly epidemic -- violence. Violence encompasses
a broad range of troubling behaviors and emotions shown by students -- including
serious aggression, physical attacks, bullying and dangerous interpersonal
continue its leadership in working to save young lives, SADD must attack the
issue of violence. SADD members must apply their caring energy to the challenge
of creating a better, less violent world and to work to extend their caring
powers to others. The following is an action plan that SADD chapters can use
to work with others to make this world a safer place.
Parents Can Do to Stop the Violence
your children to be kind to others and to be caring. Show them by example.
aware of what you say and how you say it. Don't engage in name-calling,
bullying or teasing. Children learn from their parents.
your child in setting rules for appropriate behavior at all times.
the school's discipline and behavior policies with your child. Show your
support for the rules and help your child understand the reasons for them.
with your child about the violence he or she sees on television, in video
games, and possibly in the neighborhood.
your youngster understand the consequences of violence and other inappropriate
aware of the games your children are playing in the yard, on the TV and
on the computer.
the TV programs and movies your children watch.
filtered access to the Internet for your children so that they have access
to the Web but not to the offensive sites you don't want them to see.
your child how to solve problems. Praise your child when he or she follows
your child find ways to show anger without verbally or physically hurting
any disturbing behaviors in your child. Frequent angry outbursts, excessive
fighting and bullying of other children, cruelty to animals, setting fires,
behavior problems at school and in the neighborhood, lack of friends, and
alcohol or drug use can be signs of serious problems. Don't wait! Get help
for your child.
lines of communication open with your child, even when it is difficult.
Always know where and with whom he or she will be. Get to know your child's
friends and what they are involved in.
to know the parents of the kids with whom your child spends his time. Talk
about what they are doing. Be sure it is appropriate.
to your child if he or she shares concerns about friends who may be exhibiting
troubling behaviors. Share this information with a professional at school.
involved with your child's school life by reviewing homework, talking with
teachers, attending school functions and parent conferences, etc.
your school to offer after-school programs.
with the parents of your child's friends. Discuss how you can work together
to create safe schools.
is a learned behavior -- it can be unlearned!
Your SADD Chapter Can Do
to what is being said around you. If you hear or see bullying or name calling,
don't ignore it. Talk to the appropriate person.
to your friends if they share troubling feelings or thoughts. Encourage
them to get help from a trusted adult.
your peers to be kind to others.
up a welcome buddy for any new student who moves to your school to help
that person feel wanted and involved, not alone.
Work with local businesses and community groups to organize youth-oriented
activities that help young people prevent school and community violence.
an assembly and invite your school's psychologist, social worker, and counselor
as well as student panelists to share ideas about how to deal with violence,
intimidation, and bullying.
involved in planning, implementing and evaluating your school's violence
prevention and response plan.
with faculty and administration to create a safe process for reporting threats,
intimidation, weapon possession, drug selling, gang activity, graffiti,
vandalism, bullying, etc.
your peers understand the necessity of reporting suspicious and dangerous
a law enforcement officer to your school to conduct a safety audit and to
share safety tips, such as traveling in groups and avoiding areas known
to be unsafe.
to develop and participate in activities that promote student understanding
of differences and respecting the rights of all.
local elementary and middle schools to speak about bullying, name calling
and teasing. Talk to the students about how these behaviors make other people
feel and why they are nasty and inappropriate.
an Anti-Violence Month. Plan a poster contest, make daily announcements
on the PA, hold a rally, or have a rap contest for best anti-violence rap.
a Peace Wall spotlighting leaders who used nonviolence to deal with injustice.
a "Student of the Month" award for students who use ingenuity
and intervention rather than violence to deal with a potentially dangerous
situation. Highlight them in your school newspaper and the community newspaper.
an "Anti-Violence Talent Show" of skits, music, dance, etc. Ask
local businesses to donate prizes.
with your local newspaper and with radio and TV stations to provide equal
coverage for the positive things happening in your school and community,
not just the negative.
role models. Take personal responsibility by reacting to anger without physically
or verbally harming others.
your local radio and TV stations to host an evening talk show to discuss
the issues of bullying, name-calling, and teasing and how to handle those
some skits that can be used at elementary schools, middle schools and high
schools that imitate bullying and how it makes people feel.
your imagination to develop other activities against violence. Let SADD
National know about them. By working together, we will stop this rushing
tide of violence.
Your School Can Do to Stop the Violence
a zero tolerance law for bullying, name calling, and teasing.
consistent disciplinary policies, good security procedures and emergency
school personnel and students in conflict resolution, problem solving without
violence, crisis intervention and cultural sensitivity.
with students, parents, law enforcement agencies and the community to develop
drug- and weapon-free school zones.
with students to provide a procedure for students to safely report bullying,
threats, crimes or suspicious activities to school personnel.
positive relationships between students and staff.
families in meaningful ways.
links to the community. Everyone must be committed to improving schools.
safety issues openly.
students with equal respect.
students feel safe when expressing their needs, fears, and anxieties to
a system in place for referring children who are suspected of being abused
extended day programs for students.
good citizenship and character in addition to the academic mission.
problems and work toward solutions.
Provide training for teachers to learn the destructiveness of bullying,
name calling and teasing in school and how they should handle these situations.
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