In today’s society there has been an increase in gang activities and gang recruitment throughout the United States. This has become a concern to a lot of rural communities and cities as well as to families. These concerns have families wondering what they can be do to stop these gang activities and recruitment. First, you may contact your local police department for possible gang awareness classes. These classes are offered to inform people of the dangers these gangs impose. Also they discuss different signs to look for in your own children. These classes are very informative. Second, establish a town watch because these act as a deterrent. Finally, this is the most important pay attention to your children. Children are like sponges, they absorb everything you tell them. For instance, I’m sure you or someone else has said something and miraculously you hear it from your child. Also if they feel that they are being ignored or if they feel that they are not part of the family they will look elsewhere. For example, they will turn toward gangs because they feel that they are part of a family. This is truly one of the real reason why children, teens, and even adults become involved in gang activity. Furthermore, spend time with your children and involve them in different activities so they wont look toward gangs and become a positive role model to others.