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Preventing Gang Involvement
How can you reduce the chance that your children will become gang members?
  • Be a good role model. You must set the standards for acceptable behavior. Kids who are exposed to dishonesty, drug / alcohol abuse, violence, and a lack of respect for people, property, and authority are more likely to exhibit similar behavior.
  • Build positive self-esteem and discuss the dangers of gangs. Kids who have the proper self image don't need to rely on gangs for recognition or status.
  • Take an active interest in your child's activities. Get them involved in after-school sports or activities.
  • Monitor and control their behavior. Be firm but fair when it comes to discipline and enforcing the rules.