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DEFINING YOUTH VIOLENCE

As new counselors, it is often difficult to discern truly violent behaviors in youth, unless these behaviors are extreme, overtly dangerous and unmistakable. You may encounter children who are aggressive in their play, belligerent or passive-aggressive in their interactions with teachers or peers, but you may not feel convinced that their behavior constitutes violent behavior. The following list of behaviors gives you an idea of what kinds of violent behavior you will likely see in working with youth, and the different levels of severity.
  • Horseplay
  • Rules violation
  • Disruptiveness
  • Refusal or Defiance
  • Cursing
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Physical Threats
  • Vandalism
  • Student-Student Fights
  • Attacks on Teachers
  • Collective Violence
  • Use of Weapons
Harassment and Bullying are two problems that schools and community youth agencies are making concerted efforts to curb through preventative, developmental programs. To learn more about these particular problems, visit the sites listed below.


Harassment Prevention

http://erosen.tripod.com/shhelp/html/resources.html
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-2994.html
http://www.nwrel.org/cnorse/booklets/harassment/10.html


Bullying

http://www.cfchildren.org/resources_parent.shtml
http://www.education.unisa.edu.au/bullying/
http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/
http://www.cde.ca.gov/spbranch/ssp/bullyhmbresource.htm