Tips for Students

There is much students can do to help create safe schools. Talk to your teachers, parents, and counselor to find out how you can get involved and do your part to make your school safe. Here are some ideas that students have tried:

  • Listen to your friends if they share troubling feelings or thoughts. Encourage them to get help from a trusted adult, such as a school psychologist, counselor, teacher, leader from a faith community, or another professional. If you are very concerned, seek help for them. Share your concerns with your parents.
  • Know your school’s code of conduct and model responsible behavior. Refrain from teasing, bullying, and intimidating peers. Avoid being part of the crowd if a fight should break out.
  • Be a role model by taking personal responsibility to react to anger without physically or verbally harming others.
  • Help develop and participate in activities that promote student understanding of differences and respect for the rights of all.
  • Participate in violence prevention programs, such as peer mediation and conflict resolution. Employ your skills in other settings such as home, neighborhood, and community.
  • Create, join, or support student organizations that combat violence, teach tolerance and understanding, and promote a positive self-image.
  • Work with your school to create a safe process for reporting threats, intimidation, weapon possession, drug possession or sales, graffiti, and vandalism. Use the process.
  • Volunteer to be a mentor to younger students or provide tutoring to your peers. Seek help from your parents or a trusted adult, such as a school psychologist, counselor, teacher, leader from a faith community, or another professional, if you are experiencing intense feelings of anger, fear, anxiety or depression.
  • Work with local businesses and community groups to organize positive youth-oriented activities that help young people think of ways to combat violence and isolation. Participate in the Character Counts Coalition.