The Real Truth About Teen Violence And Home Security Systems
We tend to think of home security systems as a series of electronic gadgets that protect our property and possessions from being stolen or vandalized. In fact, the essential goal behind home protection is keeping you and the people you care about the most from being harmed. In this regard a security system entails all the preventative measures needed to keep your loved ones safe. With teen violence being at an all time high, it is imperative that you talk to your children about the warning signs that may eventually lead to putting them at risk. Although it may be difficult for your children to admit, the kids they “hang” with may not have the best influence.
- Young people with violent, abusive parents can develop the same character traits.
- Teens involved in street gangs are very likely to be violent.
- Youth with drug problems can demonstrate violent behavior.
- Young people suffering from emotional problems and depression can become violent.
How Do I Know What to Watch For?
It makes no difference if you are going out on a first date with someone you just met or if you are spending time with a person you have known for a long time, you could be at risk. If the person you are with starts treating you with disrespect, putting you down or humiliating you, these are signs violence may be just around the corner. If they threaten you, make you feel afraid, attempt to control your activities, force you to do things you don’t want to do, control who your friends are, shove or hit you, then you need to pay attention. You may find yourself trying to draw back from the relationship with that person but they threaten you and refuse to accept a break up. Get help. Ask a parent or a trusted adult to intervene.
Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Violence
Parents – be proactive by getting an education about teen violence and talking to your children about the problem. Monitoring your own behavior and refraining from violence in your home sends a strong message to your children that it is not acceptable. Paying attention to your teen’s activities and establishing rules with consequences makes a difference. Teach your children how to recognize the danger signs and how to take charge of the situation. Family safety is the most crucial element in home security systems.