How to Approach ASB
with your Child

Making your child aware of their own actions can help them to have fun without having a negative impact on anybody.

We understand that teenagers and young adults enjoy the freedom to be independent as they get older. It is important, however, to start conversations with your child about what behaviour is and isn’t appropriate.

Educate your child on how to make the most of the area they live in, whilst respecting themselves, your family, and their community. Here are our tips for approaching the topic of ASB with your children, follow this step-by-step to open up the conversation:

1.

Create a calm environment that is comfortable for you and your child. Avoid starting the conversation whilst either of you are angry or frustrated.

2.

Explain how their actions can impact others, how their actions might be intimidating (even unintentionally), and why it is important to consider those around them when out and about with friends. Be sure to keep the tone conversational and not accusatory.

3.

Outline the possible consequences of committing anti-social behaviour, addressing the affect it can have on their own life.

4.

Be open to questions. Having a two-way conversation is more likely to engage your child and help them to understand. Allow them to openly ask questions and sit together to find the answers if you can’t answer them all yourself.

5.

Share with your child the activities within your area. You can find a list of free and affordable events, groups and clubs in your area on your specified location page.

6.

Thank your child, and show your appreciation for them taking the time to discuss the importance of anti-social behaviour.

Discover free and affordable groups, activities, and events happening for teenagers and young people on your areas page.

Find further support for young people involved in anti-social behaviour here.

Keep in mind that every child will react differently. If the conversation turns aggressive, walk away and leave it for another day.

However, if you can engage your child in the conversation openly and allow them to talk freely about their experiences, and ask questions without judgement, there is every chance you will get through to them.

Create a community that everyone can enjoy.