Preventing Violence In Schools
by Lisa Dunning, MA, MFT
Parents send their children to school
thinking their child will be safe, cared for and protected. Sadly many
children experience violence in schools of one form or another.
Preventing violence in schools is a
difficult and overwhelming task. Many school administrators offer on
campus police officers to patrol the schools. Some schools have even
installed metal detectors to ensure safety. Teachers and Administrators
try to prevent violent behavior in school by enforcing a No Tolerance
Policy, but there are only so many educators, administration and
security compared to the vast student population..
Violence In Schools Can
Decrease School Morale
When there is violence in schools many
administrators are left with no choice but to cancel many during and
after school activities. When this happens, many children experience
resentment toward the school and some students experience a loss of
interest in education. Continued violence can also produce more anger
When children experience violence in
schools often their grades decline, they might withdraw socially and
have low self-esteem. If the hostility is not handled effectively, they
might also cave in to peer pressure and retaliate with violent behavior.
Preventing Violence in Schools Is
If your school is dealing with
violence in schools parents cannot just sit on the sidelines hoping the
educators and school administration can solve the problem on their own.
Parents need to get involved. Many school administrators have
implemented peer mediation, anger management programs and peer
counseling in order to alleviate the violence.
Preventing violence in schools can be
draining and overwhelming for parents, school educators and
administrators alike. However, with the encouragement and support of
parents, teachers, administrators and students, school can once again be
a peaceful place to learn.
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|Lisa Dunning is a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Specializing in
Parent/Child Relationship issues, the author of "Good
Parents Bad Parenting: How To Parent Together When Your
Parenting Styles Are Worlds Apart" and the host of her own
radio show, "Life Support". She provides marriage, divorce and parenting
sessions to clientele across the United States and Canada and provides expert
parenting advice to newspaper & magazine columnists. To learn
more about Lisa Dunning visit her website at http://www.LisaDunningMFT.com.