1. Develop good communication with
Good communication is open, frequent
and takes on a positive tone. It allows your child to
come to you to discuss any topic or problem. It does
not condemn or put down. good communication allows you
to tell your child that you love them.
2. Spend time with your child.
Plan activities that the whole
family can enjoy. Spend time alone with your child.
Expose them to different places outside of the normal (i.e.
museum, beach, parks, etc...). Give them attention.
3. Occupy your child's free time.
Give them responsibilities at
home. Get them involved in after school sports, recreation,
clubs or church activities.
4. Set limits for your child.
Children need to know whit is
acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Be consistent.
5. Have a curfew for your child.
Avoid a lot of unsupervised time
out on the streets.
6. Discourage your child from hanging
around with gang members.
Meet and know your child's friends.
Look for what type of influence they have on your child and
how and where they spend their free time.
7. Avoid buying and discourage
the wearing of gang style clothing.
Wearing gang style clothes may
express an interest in the gangs and will attract the attention
of the gangs.
8. Do not allow the practice or
writing of gang symbols.
Teach respect for other's property.
Examine their books, papers, clothes, bodies, and walls in
9. Learn about gang and drug activity
in your community.
Observe how gang members dress,
speak, their behavior and their activities.
10. Participate in the community.
Know your neighbors. Organize
or join the neighborhood watch groups. Notify the police
of graffiti around your house. Attend community functions.