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Many families keep a gun in the home. But every year, guns are used to kill or injure thousands of Americans.
The best way to protect your child from being hurt or killed by a gun is to not keep guns at home and to avoid homes that do have guns. If you decide to keep a gun at home, proper storage can help keep your family safe.
If you have a gun at home, be sure to:
Young children are curious. Even if you have talked to them many times about gun safety, they can’t truly understand how dangerous guns are. If they come across a loaded gun, they can accidentally hurt or kill themselves or someone else.
Teens can be emotional and may act without thinking. If they have depression or are feeling down, they may see a gun as an easy way out. In fact, most teens and preteens who kill themselves use a gun from their home or from the home of a relative or friend. Teens should never be able to get to a gun and bullets without an adult being there.
People of any age who are depressed are at increased risk of suicide. If someone in the family has depression, or has had thoughts of suicide, all guns should be removed from the home. If the guns cannot be removed, it is even more important to store the gun unloaded and locked up with the bullets stored separately and keys hidden.
If your child is going to someone’s house, it’s important to know if there are guns in the home. It may feel awkward to ask, but most people will understand that you’re trying to protect your child.
You might try:
It is safest to keep your child away from homes where there is a gun. If you do let your child play in a home where there is a gun, be sure that:
Be sure to talk to your kids about guns, even if you do not have guns in your home. Kids need to know that guns are very dangerous. Teach yours to follow these rules if they see a gun:
If you allow your child or teen to use a gun for recreation, it is very important that you:
Some people feel that keeping a gun at home will protect their family from an intruder. Unfortunately, a gun in the house is much more likely to hurt or kill a member of the household or a friend than an intruder.
A gun in the house also can be used to hurt or kill someone when:
Remember: The best way to prevent gun injuries is to never keep guns at home and avoid homes that do keep guns. If you do keep a gun at home, keep the gun unloaded and locked up with the bullets locked up and stored separately. Visit ProjectChildSafe.org for more information on gun safety.
If you suspect that someone is bringing a weapon to school or threatening someone else’s life, it requires immediate attention. This article offers some tips on getting help.
After hearing news of school shootings or other violence, it’s natural for students â no matter how old they are or where they go to school â to worry about whether this type of incident may someday happen to them or their friends.
By now, you probably know what guns are and what can happen if they fall into the wrong hands. Find out how to protect yourself and how to learn about gun safety.
Technology can be part of a healthy childhood, but it’s important for parents to track their kids’ screen time and set limits.
As terrible and frightening as incidents of school violence are, they are rare. But it’s natural for kids to worry. Here’s how to help them deal with these fears.
News from the TV, radio, and the Internet is often educational. But when stories are about violence or other disturbing topics, parents can find it hard to explain to kids. Here are some guidelines.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
Every year, guns are used to kill or injure thousands of Americans. Here’s how to keep yourself safe, whether your family has guns at home or not.
When a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected. The reasons behind a suicide or attempted suicide can be complex, but often there are warning signs.
Sometimes after experiencing a traumatic event, a person has a strong and lingering reaction known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Getting treatment and support can make all the difference.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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