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Health Information For Kids
Many families keep a gun in the home. But guns are dangerous. They can hurt or even kill you or someone you know.
It is safest to stay away from guns. That means having no guns in your home and staying away from guns outside the home.
If your parents keep guns in the home, you can talk to them about the dangers of guns. A gun at home makes it more likely that someone will be hurt or killed by a gun.
If your family decides to keep a gun in the home:
Before you visit a friend or neighbor, your parents should check with your friend’s parents to see if they own a gun. If they do have a gun, you can ask them to come to your house instead. Or your parents can talk to them to make sure the gun is stored safely.
If you see a gun somewhere:
If a friend wants to show you a gun, say “no” and leave or call your parent for a ride. Tell your parent right away what happened up. Don’t worry about getting your friend into trouble — you will be helping to keep him or her safe.
If someone tells you they have a gun or shows you a gun:
Don’t feel that you’re being a tattletale if you tell an adult that someone has a gun. Remember, you may save a life!
If you are allowed to use a gun for something like hunting or target practice, follow these rules:
Guns are dangerous. Only cartoon characters get up and walk around after being shot by a gun. In real life, people are hurt or die if they’re shot.
To keep yourself safe:
If your family uses guns for hunting or target practice, follow all safety rules. Never use the gun when you are alone and never point a gun at someone.
Did you know that anger isn’t all bad? Find out more in this article for kids.
Strangers are people you don’t know, so you need to be careful. Read this article for kids to learn how to stay safe.
Noticing your feelings and saying how you feel can help you feel better. This article for kids has ideas on how to practice talking about feelings and emotions.
School counselors know how to listen and can help kids with life’s challenges.
Did you ever feel like another kid was trying to get you to do something you didn’t want to do? If so, you’ve felt peer pressure. Find out more in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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