In today's day and age, it's important to educate children about violence, crime, and drug prevention. Reaching children with messages about illegal activities can be very important in helping to shape the decisions they make later in life. On the other hand, some people wish to preserve their children's innocence and assume that they don't need to know about these topics, let alone the bad things that can happen in the world. However, many kids are exposed to violence, crime, and illegal substances every day whether at home, at school, in their neighborhoods and even in the news media. Most children witness violence from watching movies, television shows, playing video games, and surfing the web.
Law enforcement officers, firemen, teachers and other adults play an important role in keeping children safe and secure. They also play a role in educating children about crime, violence and drugs so that kids can gain the skills necessary to make positive decisions and to defend and protect themselves if need be.
Many law enforcement officers, fireman and teachers work with children to teach them how to avoid dangerous and illegal activities and behaviors. They also teach children how to protect themselves and stay safe. Decision making is a big part of education. It's important that kids learn about peer pressure and how to say no. Often these safety professionals visit schools and host community events in order to talk with children about these topics. Cartoon characters have even been proven effective at reaching children with safety messages from characters such as McGruff the Crime dog and Smokey the Bear.
For more children's resources on crime, violence, safety, and drug prevention, look to the following websites: