Parents can help keep schools safe

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

Parents and teachers together must teach the five Rs. There isn't just reading, writing and arithmetic; there's also respect and responsibility.

Here are some suggestions for parents:

Talk with your child about the violence he or she sees -- on TV, in video games and elsewhere. Help your child understand real-life consequences.

Reassure your child that feeling anger is normal. Help your child show anger and solve arguments in ways that do not hurt others.

Establish "no hitting" and "no name calling" rules at home.

When you get angry, demonstrate appropriate responses to your children. Talk with them about your feelings and choices.

Teach your child to avoid youngsters who bully others. Encourage your children to talk to you about incidents.

Practice with your child assertive -- not hurtful -- ways to respond to bullying.

Help your child value individual differences in schoolmates.

Keep the lines of communication open with your child.

The above infomraiton was provided by the National Education Association--Alaska.

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