There is trouble, big trouble, in River City, folks. It turns out nearly 50 percent of black men, 44 percent of Hispanic men, and 40 percent of white men have been arrested at least once by age 23, according to a new study published in Crime and Delinquency. That's a lot of law enforcement!
Teaching your child about interacting with the police should be toward the top of your list of skills to teach as your children get into their teens. All children, even those who seem like they will never be troublemakers, should know how to interact politely with law enforcement officers. Children should also know that they have juvenile justice rights and how to invoke them. It can be an excellent way to teach children about civic involvement and the Constitution.