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Youth violence is becoming more prevalent. What do statistics say about youth violence? What factors increase the risk of teen violence? What can parents do to protect children from violence? This article will review these questions about youth violence.
Youth violence is violence between adolescents or teens, including fighting, threatening, and bullying. Teen violence is becoming a more serious problem, involving more troubled teens and leading to more teen deaths. In many cases, there are things parents can do to help troubled teens avoid youth violence.
Victims and perpetrators of teen violence are more often male than female, but all teenagers can be at risk. Teen violence ending in homicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and teenagers. An average of fifteen young people are killed every day, usually with firearms, and 750,000 young people are treated in emergency rooms for violence-related injuries each year. A recent CDC study of high school students found that 33 percent had been in a physical fight in the last year and 17 percent reported that they had taken a weapon to school in the previous 30 days. 15 to 25 percent of youth experience bullying each year.
Some factors that increase the chances that a troubled teen will be involved in teen violence are:
These risk factors are not what causes teen violence, but they often put teens in situations where they are more likely to be victims or offenders. Teens who are the victims of youth violence may have physical symptoms of violence such as injuries or torn clothing, or may become depressed, anxious, or withdrawn. Parents should talk to their teens if they see any of these symptoms.
Some things that parents can do to protect their children from violence include:
If your teen has been the victim of teen violence or bullying, seek counseling for him or her. School counselors or local health clinics may offer free counseling.
If you think your troubled teen is involved in teen violence, it is important to talk to him or her. To help a violent teen:
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