Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force

By Ann Burrows, N.C. Cooperative Extension
Oct. 14, 2013 @ 10:45 AM


Research indicates that parents play a pivotal role in keeping young people out of gangs.

Negative influences within the family — domestic child abuse, harsh or inconsistent parenting practices and drug or alcohol abuse by family members — can increase the risk that a youth will join a gang.

Parents can protect their children from gang activity through positive actions, such as monitoring their children's activities, fostering a close relationship with them and using consistent, positive discipline strategies.