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Tips: Help Keep Children From Violence

March 9, 2012

Studies show that seeing a lot of violence on television, in the movies, and in video games can have a negative effect on children.  In a follow up to a letter entitled “Teach Compassion Not Violence”, written by Vicki a mother who was disturbed by violence we found some tips that may help us control the amount of violence our children see.  Here are some ideas:

  • Limit television viewing time to 1 to 2 hours a day.
  • Make sure you know what TV shows your children watch, which movies they see, and what kinds of video games they play.
  • Talk to your children about the violence that they see on TV shows, in the movies, and in video games.
  • Help them understand how painful it would be in real life and the serious consequences for violent behaviors.
  • Discuss with them ways to solve problems without violence.
  • Help your children stand up against violence.
  • Teach children to respond with calm words
  • When they do something courageous let them know how proud you are of them.
  • Help your children accept and get along with others from various racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Warn your child that bullying and threats can be a set-up for violence.
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