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Many people think of school shootings when they think of teen violence. But teen violence includes many different activities. These include fights, gang violence and suicide. The victims of teen violence are most often other teenagers.
Teens who commit acts of violence are often involved in other types of risky or criminal behavior. They may use drugs, carry weapons, drive recklessly and have unsafe sex.
The most critical risk factor for violence for your children is the behavior of their friends and classmates. You should know who your kids hang out with and encourage healthy behavior and relationships.