Each year, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Use this simple checklist to help make sure your school playground is a safe place to play.More >>
There are many options for school-age child care. Each offers advantages and disadvantages, and none is right for all children under all circumstances. Here are some things to watch for when choosing child care for your child. More >>
Too many of our young people are caught up in conflicts every day that they do not know how to manage -- teasing, jealousy, and physical aggression. Teaching youth how to manage conflict in a productive way can help reduce incidents of violent behavior. More >>
Like most parents, you probably have rules for how your children should deal with strangers, and how far from home they're allowed to travel. It's important to make similar rules for your children's Internet use and to be aware of their online activities. More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:16:48 GMT
One of Hinds County's Most Wanted is in custody. Forty-eight year old Daisy Lee Shannon was arrested on a tip following our Most Wanted segment on the Wednesday 6 p.m. report of WLBT News.Shannon, whoMore >>
One of Hinds County's Most Wanted is in custody. Forty-eight year old Daisy Lee Shannon was arrested on a tip following our Most Wanted segment on the Wednesday 6 p.m. report of WLBT News.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:45:13 GMT
Jasper County authorities have found the body of a man missing since last weekend. Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-upMore >>
Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-up truck in a wooded area off Highway 11 in Vossburg.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:21:06 GMT
Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m.,More >>
Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m., July 31, 2014, at the SMCI campus located in Leakesville, MS where officers found two packages. K9 personnel picked up a trail of the suspects which lead towards Wildcat Corner, located at the corner of High School Road and Hwy. 57 near Leakesville.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:09 GMT
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months. The man was unaware that she was slowly gaining his confidence in orderMore >>
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months.More >>
Action Steps for Students Students have an important role to play in ensuring that their schools are safe and orderly. They can take steps to help make their schools places where learning can take place without disruption and without the fear of being victimized or bullied. They can:
Participate in, or help develop, student government organizations and guidelines that promote a drug- and gun-free, safe, and orderly environment for learning.
Volunteer to serve on decisionmaking or advisory committees such as the group developing the overall Safe School Plan.
Become advocates for programs such as peer mediation, conflict resolution, peer assistance leadership, teen courts, or anger management.
Reduce conflict situations rather than making them worse. Practice good citizenship, and treat peers and teachers with respect.
Report weapon possession, drug use or sale, bullying threats or intimidation, victimization, gang activity, or vandalism to school authorities and parents.
Learn the consequences of gang involvement and alcohol, drug, and gun use and the methods for resisting alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. Use this understanding to help other students avoid alcohol or drug use or seek help if they are already involved in alcohol or drugs.
Follow the school code of conduct, understand that rules are made for everyone, and recognize the consequences of violating the rules.
Whenever possible, travel with others to and from school and to special school events. Students must always be aware of their surroundings.
Work with teachers, principals, and other students in developing a community service program, where students give back to the community in a positive manner.
Encourage their parents to come to the school and be involved in activities that support the school.
Serve as a big brother/big sister, tutor, or mentor for a younger student.
Action Steps for Parents Parents play a key role in ensuring that their children are safe and drug-free. Without the active support and participation of parents, schools and communities cannot be safe. Parents have to be part of a school's effort to create an orderly, respectful environment. Some of the actions parents can take to assist schools are:
Set standards of behavior, limits, and clear expectations for children both in and out of school and develop mutually agreed-upon rules about homework, extracurricular participation, grades, curfews, chaperoned parties, and places that are off limits.
Teach standards of right and wrong and demonstrate these standards through example.
Discuss with their children the school's discipline policies, reinforcing the belief that school rules support the rights of all students to attend schools with disciplined environments safe from influences of violence and alcohol or substance abuse.
Encourage their children to talk about school, their social activities, their interests and problems, and even their walk to and from school.
Be involved in their children's school life by reviewing homework, meeting their teachers, and attending school functions such as parent-teacher conferences, PTA meetings, class programs, open houses, plays, concerts, and sporting events.
Build a network of other adults with whom they can talk about school safety issues and alcohol and drug use.
Join a community association to ensure that issues related to alcohol, drugs, and violence are made part of the organization's agenda and that community groups work together to create a safe school corridor by supervising walking routes to and from school.
Talk to their children about the consequences of drug and weapon use, gang participation, and violence and ensure that firearms that parents keep in the home or automobile are unloaded and inaccessible to children. Other dangerous weapons should also be kept out of the reach of children.
Work with the school to develop a comprehensive Safe School Plan that incorporates a clearly articulated statement to students, parents, and the community regarding what will and will not be tolerated and that also provides a strong emphasis on programs to prevent violence and the use of alcohol and drugs.
Monitor the programs their children watch, the video games they play, and the music they listen to regularly. Take time to explain to their children the actual nature and consequences of what is being said and done.
Encourage their children to participate in school-sponsored, after-class activities to help limit the amount of time their children spend watching television.