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How to Know If Your Children Have Joined a Gang

Gangs are everywhere and your children could be susceptible to joining one. Look for these warning signs.


  • Step 1: Pay attention to friends Notice if your children's friends change. Pay attention to whether they ignore their old friends and don’t talk about their new friends.
  • TIP: Talk to the old friends to see if they suspect anything.
  • Step 2: Observe style Notice if your children change their hairstyle or clothing to match those of their new friends.
  • TIP: Look for symbols on their clothing that match any symbols their friends may wear.
  • Step 3: Look for money Look to see if your children have money that you don't know the source of.
  • Step 4: Observe changes in attitude Pay attention to changes in attitude, especially toward things your children used to enjoy.
  • Step 5: Notice grades Notice if their grades are slipping or if your children are being disrespectful at school.
  • Step 6: Get help Get help if you suspect your children are involved in gang activity. Talk to their school counselor, a community organization, or the local police.
  • FACT: There are an estimated one million gang members in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Observation skills
  • Communication skills

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