Educators, by creating an environment where kids feel safe and respected, make a difference in ending and preventing violence.
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Teachers and Educators play a critical role in preventing and reducing the impact of exposure to violence on children. They can help children by creating a predictable environment, listening to students’ stories, and assuring children and adolescents that whatever happened was not their fault. Specific ways to help children exposed to violence include knowing and watching for signs of possible exposure to violence. No single behavior proves that a child has been exposed to violence, but teachers can watch for:
- Physical signs such as bruises;
- Unexplained changes in behavior; and
- Emotional signs such as depression, mood swings, and fearful or anxious behavior
Other things you can do:
- Teach or support the teaching of healthy relationship skills
- Learn about the effects of violence and trauma on children
- Look for poly-victimization among the students identified as being victim of violence
- Refer children and families to services to help them heal after the trauma of violence
- Invite Restorative Justice to assist with conflict resolution in your classroom
- Promote parent education on childhood exposure to violence and the effects of trauma on children
- Support student efforts to raise awareness of violence and promote vision and hope for a safer tomorrow