One in seven (14.3%) Hoosier families with children say they do not live in a neighborhood that is usually or always safe. Between 3 and 6 pm on school days is the most dangerous time for youth victimization and youth participation in risky behaviors.
After-school activities and programs may represent an important opportunity to impact students. While participating in afterschool programs, youth are generally safe from victimization and from committing crimes or engaging in risky behaviors. They often are safer during school or in programs than at any other time during the week and are safer at school than they are in neighborhoods or at home.
To learn more about keeping kids safe after school, check out IYI’s Issue Brief on the subject. The Virginia Beal Ball Library also has some great resources on this topic:
By Kimberly Williams and Marcel Lebrun – This helpful guidebook, which is intended for any adults who interact with kids, provides specific suggestions for keeping children safe from hidden and open dangers wherever they spend time.
By John S. Dacey and Lisa B. Fiore – Step-by-step with practical advice and activities for children, this book shows how to prepare and protect your family from realistic threats while alleviating anxiety.
How do you keep kids safe in your programs?
 National Survey of Children’s Health. (2007). Data Resources Center for Child and Adolescent Health.
 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. (2006). Juvenile offenders and victims: 2006 National Report.
 Afterschool Alliance. (2002). Afterschool keeps kids safe.
 U.S. Surgeon General (2001). Youth violence: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.