Violence Prevention Tools
The Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) offers free evidence-based violence prevention education tools for teens, parents, community members, and educators. These violence prevention education resources can be used to prevent youth violence and build community include:
Violence Prevention Education Fact Sheets
The Violence Prevention Education fact sheets below were developed by experts at CHOP. Download and distribute them to families, youth, educators, and other groups with a stake in youth violence prevention education.
- Gun Safety and Children
- All About Bullying
- What is Bullying?
- Stopping Bullying*
- Helping a Child Who is Being Bullied
- Relational Bullying
- Weight-related Bullying
- LGBT Youth-Related Bullying
- Bullying Due to Skin/Hair Conditions
* This fact sheet is targeted directly to youth.
Bullying Prevention Workshops
The school bullying prevention workshops below were developed by experts at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and are specifically geared towards parents and educators of elementary school-aged youth. Watch and download the presentations and resources below that provide strategies and support for key bullying issues.
- Handling Cyber Conflict and Aggression
This workshop provides information and strategies about handling cyber conflicts and aggression in children. Parents will learn different techniques to handle cyber conflicts and aggression with their children.
- Introductory Discussion
- Traditional Bullying
- Defining Cyberbullying
- What Makes Cyberbullying Harmful?
- Children Who Cyberbullly
- Effects of Cyberbullying
- How to Help and Respond to Cyberbullying as Parents
- How to Take Action Against Cyberbullying
- Key Takeaways Video
- Helping Children Handle Peer Conflict
This workshop provides information and strategies about helping children handle peer conflict. Parents will learn different techniques to assist their child with handling peer conflicts.
- Defining Bullying
- Differences Between Bullying and Conflict
- Types of Conflicts
- Ways to Notice How Your Child Is Feeling
- How to Help Your Child When They are Having Peer Conflicts
- Discussing What Your Child may Need During Difficult Situations
- Ways to Keep Lines of Communication Open
- Key Takeaways
- Helping Children With Their Feelings
This workshop teaches parents how to support their child when he or she is expressing his or her feelings and emotion regulation. Parents will be able to learn mindfulness strategies that they can practice with their children. Parents will also discover tools for helping their child with emotion regulation.
- My Plate Activity
- Emotion Regulation
- Role of Parents
- Why Practice Mindfulness?
- How to Teach Children to Calm Down
- Strategies to Practice with Your Child
- Helping Your Child With Bullying
This workshop provides information and strategies about helping children handle bullying and conflicts. Parents will learn different techniques to handle different types of bullying and peer conflicts with their children.
- Defining Bullying
- Bullying vs. Conflicts
- Cyberbullies and Cyber Victims Comparison
- Case Example
- Recognizing Warning Signs
- Understanding Why Your Child May Not Confide in You
- Taking Action Against Bullying
- Key Takeaways
- Stress Management and Mindfulness
This workshop provides information and strategies surrounding stress management and mindful parenting. Parents will learn different stress management techniques and the physical and emotional effects of stress.
- My Plate Activity
- How Stress Affects Us
- Understanding Our Stressors
- Strategies for Successfully Handling Stress
- Developing a Stress Management Game Plan
Teacher Professional Development Workshops
- Handling Aggression and Bullying at Schools
This professional development workshop supports teachers in providing information for handling aggression and bullying in schools. Teachers will learn strategies for addressing bullying and aggression to put in practice within the individual, classroom, and school-wide levels.
- Different Forms of Aggression
- Developmental Patterns of Children and their Levels of Aggression
- Problematic Aggression of Children in Elementary Schools
- Negative Impact of Aggression and Bullying at Schools
- Strategies to Implement
- Download the Presentation Slides
- Guide for Teachers: Helping Students Calm Down and Talk Through Conflict
- Stopbullying.gov: Respond to Bullying
- 25 Sure-Fire Strategies for Handling Difficult Students
- 8 Ways to Create Student Upstanders in a Bullying Culture
- Bradshaw CP, Waasdorp TE. Preventing Bullying in Schools. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 2019.
- Leff SS, Waanders C, Waasdorp TE, Paskewich BS. Bullying and Aggression in School Settings. In H.M Walker & F.M. Gresham (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Applications in Schools (pp. 277-291). New York: Guilford Press. 2014.
- Stress Management and Mindfulness for Educators
This professional development workshop supports teachers in learning about stress management and mindfulness through discussion and practice. Teachers will be able to think about the impact of stress and how it can be addressed. Teachers will also learn about stress management strategies that can be implemented in their classrooms.
- Teaching Can Be Stressful
- My Desk Activity
- Impact of Teacher Stress
- Addressing Teacher Stress
- Strategies for Effective Teaching
- Defining Mindfulness
- Mindfulness Strategies and Exercises for Teachers and Students
- Download the Presentation Slides
- Handout: Guided Meditation for Teachers
- Handout: Mindfulness Strategies for Teachers and Students
- Handout: Stress Management Exercises for Teachers
- How to Handle Stress: Teachers and Education Staff
- Teacher Stress, Well-being and Stress Management
- Stress Management for Teachers: 16 Activities to Reduce Teachers' Stress
- Emerson L, Leyland A, Hudson K, Rowse G, Hanley P, Hugh-Jones S. Teaching Mindfulness to Teachers: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis. Mindfulness, 8:1136-1149. 2017.
- Greenberg MT, Brown JL, Abenavoli RM. Teacher Stress and Health Effects on Teachers, Students, and Schools. Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University. 2016.
CHOP’s PolicyLab aims to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. PolicyLab and CVP researchers have collaborated on an Evidence to Action policy brief that highlights existing research and provides evidence-based recommendations for new public health approaches to protect youth from unintentional firearm injury and death.
Preventing Unintentional Firearm Injury & Death Among Youth: Examining the Evidence
This Evidence to Action brief evaluates existing research on firearm legislation and identifies gaps, highlights priorities for future research funding and scholarship, and proposes evidence-based, public health approaches to prevent unintentional firearm injury and death in children and teens.
Protecting Youth From Unintentional Firearm Injury: Addressing the Research Gaps
This policy brief builds out recommendations for research to determine which policies work to prevent firearm injury among youth. The brief also identifies policies that have enough evidence behind them to warrant immediate action, including comprehensive background checks and child access prevention (CAP) laws.
Legislative Testimony on Youth Gun Violence
Caroline Menapace Glavin, MSW, LCSW's Philadelphia City Council Hearing testimony
In April 2020, CVP Violence Intervention Program's Trauma Assessment Specialist Caroline Menapace Glavin, MSW, LCSW, provided testimony during a Philadelphia City Council hearing in support of universal trauma services for young victims of gun violence.
Dr. Fein's Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee testimony
In September 2019, CHOP CVP Co-Director and Emergency Department Attending Physician Joel Fein, MD, MPH, testified before the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee in support of Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws and Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws in PA to help keep children and families safe from gun violence. Dr. Fein also shared research and programs led by CHOP CVP that aim to curb the epidemic of youth violence, including gun violence.
Dr. Abaya's Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee testimony
In February 2019, CHOP CVP Fellow and Emergency Department Attending Physician Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH, testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee on the public health issue of firearm violence and its effect on children. In this testimony, she shares the pediatric health community’s perspective on what evidence-based policies and legislation would most effectively address this epidemic.
Dr. Pulcini's PA General Assembly testimony
In May 2018, CHOP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow Christian D. Pulcini, MD, MEd, MPH, FAAP testified before the Pennsylvania General Assembly's House Judiciary Committee regarding Pennsylvania’s Firearm Laws and Public Safety and in support of several pending bills that were in alignment with CVP@CHOP's position on gun violence. In October 2018, Pennsylvania signed HB2060 in law, which restricts gun access in Pennsylvania for those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. It marked the first piece of anti-violence legislation in Pennsylvania that deals directly with guns in this decade.
Dr. Abaya's City Council testimony
In November 2017, CHOP CVP Scholar and Emergency Department Attending Physician Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH, testified before the Philadelphia City Council’s Special Committee on Gun Violence about reframing the discussion on preventing gun violence, and discussed how public health approaches prevention from three angles: primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.
Dr. Nance's Pennsylvania House testimony
In May 2016, CHOP CVP Scholar and Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program Michael Nance, MD, testified before Pennsylvania's House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing on House Bill 1010, a bill that would close some loopholes in Pennsylvania's background checks for gun purchases. Dr. Nance drew from his personal experience as a trauma surgeon at CHOP, as well as his expertise in firearms research.
Dr. Fein's City Council testimony
- In April 2016, CHOP CVP Co-Director Joel Fein, MD, MPH, testified before the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety to inform the establishment of a comprehensive strategy for reducing and eliminating youth gun violence. Dr. Fein's comments describe research from CHOP on why teenagers in Philadelphia might access a gun, giving voice to these youth.
Violence Prevention Education Resources for Families
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Violence Prevention Education Related Blog Posts
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