The week's best parenting advice: June 7, 2022

Protecting your kids from gun violence, the problem with teens on dating apps, and more

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1. How to protect your kids from gun violence

There's little that individual parents can do to prevent school shootings, but there are ways to protect your children from gun violence, the vast majority of which does not occur at school, writes Melinda Wenner Moyer. The simplest way to do so is to keep guns out of your home. Guns kept at home are "four times more likely to cause an accidental shooting, seven times more likely to be used in assault or homicide, and 11 times more likely to be used in a suicide than they were to be used for self-defense," writes Moyer. If you do have a gun, store it unloaded with the ammunition in a separate place, and ask the parents of your child's friends to do the same. Nearly half of all gun injuries or deaths involving children under thirteen are accidental, in part because guns aren't properly stored.

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