Four ways you can help a child today
SPEAK ENCOURAGING WORDS
Children thrive in an environment of love, respect, encouragement, and positive discipline. Praise kids for doing something without being told, for good grades or being nice to a sibling. Praise for helping around the house or for doing something right/well. Build them up rather than tearing them down.
- That’s incredible
- Well done
- You’re a joy
- You are special
- Your help counts
- I love you!
- You are brave
- Look at how great
- I am so proud!
- Good job
VOLUNTEER AS A GUARDIAN AD LITEM
North Carolina Guardian ad Litem equips community volunteers to serve abused and neglected children by advocating for their best interests in court.
WORK TO Prevent child abuse
Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations, losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
- Children's Defense Fund: The Fund provides state fact sheets which contain the following: child abuse statistics, the number of low weight babies, infant mortality rates, child poverty and hunger data.
- antiviolenceandabuse.org: Answers some questions about child abuse.
- ChildHelp-USA: National child abuse statistics
WORK TO PREVENT BULLYING
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.