Foster Kindness to Counteract Violent Influences
How can you teach your teen to be sensitive and caring in a world that is often violent and unforgiving? How can you counteract negative influences like violence in the media and a culture that exalts "heroes" who are selfish?
The most important way is to be kind to your teen, say experts. The most caring teens are those who have been well-cared for. When kids feel secure at home, they're able to reach out to others.
It's also important for families to:
- Limit exposure to entertainment media violence and programs that glamorize people who "get ahead" at the expense of others. Watch shows that promote caring.
- Discuss cruel and selfish behavior your teen sees. Ask your student to consider what other approaches the person might have taken.
- Model caring and kindness. Do favors for neighbors. Volunteer in the community.
- Surround your teen with people who are caring.
- Find organized ways for your teen to help others. Check out the special programs religious and volunteer organizations have for young people.
- Give your teen books whose "ordinary" characters perform acts of caring and concern.
- Educate your teen about famous altruists. Museums and books are good sources.
- Talk to your teen about people you admire and why. Ask about people your teen admires.
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