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Youth & Teen Violence / Juvenile Delinquency

Including research on exposure to media violence

Related STOPVIOLENCE pages: 

Less Hype, More Help: Reducing Juvenile Crime, What Works--and What Doesn’t [produced by the bipartisan American Youth Policy Forum] see also follow up: LESS COST, MORE SAFETY: Guiding Lights for Reform in Juvenile Justice

Children's Defense Fund - Youth Violence Resource Center [information for parents, educators, school administrators, and religious/community leaders; there's information on children and guns, plus the CDF runs a violence prevention listserve]

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"More Fear, Less Crime, Fear of Minority Crime": "Despite sharp declines in youth crime, the public expresses great fear of its own young people. Although violent crime by youth in 1998 was at its lowest point in the 25-year history of the National Crime Victimization Survey, 62% of poll respondents felt that juvenile crime was on the increase. In the 1998/99 school year, there was less than a one-in-two-million chance of being killed in a school in America, yet 71% of respondents to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll felt that a school shooting was likely in their community. Despite a 40% decline in school associated violent deaths between 1998 and 1999 and declines in other areas of youth violence, respondents to a USA Today poll were 49% more likely to express fear of their schools in 1999 than in 1998." from OFF BALANCE: Youth, Race & Crime in the News

Dispelling myths about youth violence, by Mark Totten Director of Ottawa Services with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa-Carleton

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice Information Center (good overview of system and problems)

Sex, Drugs, and Delinquency in Urban and Suburban Public Schools, by Center for Civic Education, Manhattan Institute. The results are based on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and other federal agencies.

Too Soon to Tell: Deciphering Recent trends in Youth Violence by Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago (2006)

Youth & Teen Violence

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention - A Sourcebook for Community Action. [looks at the effectiveness of practices in the areas of parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring. Programs are drawn from real-world experiences of professionals and advocates and the sourcebook documents the science behind each best practice. Includes a comprehensive directory of resources for more information.]

US Surgeon General Report on Youth Violence

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention part of the U.S. Dept of Justice, this site contains many research reviews about the causes and prevention of delinquency, including school violence

Choices in Preventing Youth Violence [Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers college at Columbia University]

Youth Crime Watch - an organization by and for youths

Children First - PTA Violence Prevention

Bureau of Justice Assistance: Virtual Information Center

Youth Violence Prevention Curriculum

Preventing Truancy (Office of Juv justice & Del Prevention)

American Academy of Pediatrics, Policy Statements on

Effects of Media Violence on Youth

Information Gateway on Children, Media & Violence sponsored by the Media On-Line Literacy Project, Dept of Education, U. of Oregon 

American Academy of Pediatrics

Media Matters ~ Media Violence Policy Statement ~ scroll down for more

The FTC has testified before Congress about the Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children report and stated:

"although all three industries studied have self-regulatory systems that purport to rate or label their products to help parents make choices about their children's entertainment, the Commission found that members of all three industries routinely target advertising and marketing for violent entertainment products directly to children. The Commission believes that these advertising and marketing efforts undermine each industry's parental advisories and frustrate parents' attempts to protect their children from inappropriate material."

The Federal Trade Commission report, "Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children: A Review of Self-Regulation and Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries."
Explicit Songs Still Marketed to Children: FTC Says Record Companies Haven't Removed Ads From Media Targeted to Young Audiences 

Recently heard: "We're worried that violent programs will make our child violent, so we only let him watch stupid programs..."

literacy and crime

literacy info

Education as Crime Prevention




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