Students deserve a safe environment in which to live, learn and grow. Unfortunately, the threat of violence is a presence in many communities and has grown in a number of schools across the country.
Violence takes many forms and the victims include more than just students. Improving education for our students must take the prevention of violence into account.
Staying involved with students’ lives and schools can help prevent conflicts or other problems from escalating to violence and help protect your child from becoming a victim. Parents, school officials and community members working together can help prevent and reduce violence and make students’ schools and communities safer for all.
What PTAs Can Do
- Checklist to Help Prevent Violence in Schools: 10 things parents can do to prevent violence in your school community.
- FAQ: Advocating for School Safety. Advice for Local and State PTAs.
- Discussing Hate and Violence With Your Children: Tips for talking about hate, violence and other sensitive issues with your children.
- Take 25: (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) Encourages parents and guardians, educators, law enforcement officers and other trusted adults to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety, and provides educational resources and tools.
- Protecting Our Children from Abuse and Neglect: (American Psychological Association) A brochure written for parents, teachers, relatives and those who care for children on how to recognize and prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting: (American Psychological Association) Offers tips for parents about talking to their children about school shootings.
- School Crisis Guide (NEA Health Information Network). A step-by-step resource on preparedness, response, recovery and effective communication during incidents that significantly disrupt learning environments (i.e., acts of terrorism, natural disasters, school shootings, suicides and school bus accidents) both on campus and at sanctioned events.
- National Crime Prevention Council: School Safety. Tips and resources for schools, parents and teachers to help keep America’s schools safe.