Madison, AL (PressExposure) January 17, 2007 -- A New school year has begun. For some, it is a time of promise and accomplishment, while for others, a time of loneliness and rejection. We have mourned massacres in Colorado, Georgia, California and Pennsylvania. How do we stop the needless violence? Prevent the ideas from forming in the first place.
According to the American Psychological Association website, "...violence is a learned behavior. One in 12 high school students is threatened or injured with a weapon each year."
"Proper coping skills can be taught," says Jeffrey W. Bennett, novelist and author of Under the Lontar Palm and Hospital Girl. "If violence is a learned behavior, it can be unlearned. Alternatives to violent programming abound. Such resources are in books, music, and other forms of entertainment."
Here are Jeffrey W. Bennett's alternatives to violent programming:
Spend time together as a family and know what your children are involved in.
Show youth where to find adventure in non-violent books, music, and movies.
Pressure sponsors of violent entertainment to choose wholesome products.
Support industries that provide honorable, loyal, heroic role models.
Become involved in your community and show others what a real hero looks like.
Anyone in a position of influence plays critical roles in a child's development. They must first take care in what they choose to see, do or hear. Volunteering, teaching, coaching and helping are all valuable and set great examples for our children to emulate.
"By taking part in helping others, you'll leave a legacy that will live on," says Jeffrey W. Bennett, author and speaker. "You'll easily forget about the violent games, objectionable TV show, movie content, or questionable book you decide to pass."
Suggested Questions for Jeffrey W. Bennett
How does what we see hear and learn impact us?
Does all violent programming provide bad influence?
How can parents, guardians, or other influential adults teach children to cope with difficult situations?
What books are young people reading?
It's just a novel, what kind of harm can come from it?
What's the harm of having computers in private rooms?
Can you really expect excellence from volunteers?
If they are volunteering, do they really need a leader?
Well, how do you lead if you have no title, rank or privilege?