ERIC Number: ED455034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Violence Prevention for Families of Young Children.
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.; National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.
Based on the view that violent behavior is learned and often learned early in life, this pamphlet shows parents how they can help protect young children from getting involved with violence and increase that child's chances for a safe and productive future. The pamphlet cautions parents that early learning is powerful and that children learn how to behave by watching people around them; it further advises parents that children need to feel safe and loved and that exposure to violence is harmful to them. Suggestions for preventing violence include ways to manage anger and to help children manage their anger by responding in a calm, respectful manner and by teaching them social problem-solving techniques. The pamphlet delineates the reasons for anger in children of different ages, and offers some discipline techniques, including the use of natural and logical outcomes and timeout. The influence of media such as television and videos is discussed, and suggestions are given for preventing media violence from influencing young children. The pamphlet cautions parents about weapons and how to teach their children about them. The pamphlet concludes with a discussion of the importance of the daily experiences parents provide to prevent violence and to increase their child's chances for a productive, happy life. (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.; Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.; National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.
Note: Developed as part of the ACT Against Violence project. For related document on violence prevention for children, see PS 029 691. Also supported by the Los Angeles County Psychological Foundation and the CDC Foundation.