#Walk Out Day. The answer is prevention. We need to make the mental shift from reaction to proactive. When a person is “acting out” in violence, he or she is already engaged in exhibiting the symptomology of many precipitating factors. Initiatives are needed that include preventative measures which are intertwined within multiple macro-systems that proactively collaborate to prevent the “acting out”, or symptomology, from occuring in the first place. Curriculums need to include mental health wellness, through proactive and preventative approaches, designed to advance self-motivated decisions that will encourage productive and peaceful living. #AreYouAGlowKid
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), “Youth violence is a significant public health problem that affects thousands of young people each day, and in turn, their families, schools, and communities….youth violence is preventable. The ultimate goal is to stop youth violence before it starts.”
The question is how do we stop youth violence before it starts. The answer is that children are capable of learning techniques and skills to assist them with emotional and behavioral self-regulation, particularly when handling disappointments and adversity. Traditionally, children have aquired such skills through play, which is a biological need. The way children play has drastically changed through the years. Interactive play has been reshaped as technology-based play has become wide spread. The result is that children require more nurturing of their self-navigation processes and well-being to counterbalance modern-day device use, screen play, and the lack of direct, inperson social and free play opportunities.
The Are You A Glow Kid Psycho-Social Emotional Storybook Educational Program For Optimal Child Development provides comprehensive lesson plans to asssit children in their self-navigation process. This prevention based program is designed specifically for earlyhood child education. Intentionally focusing on techiques and skills for life success is how we will work together to decrease and prevent violence.