Based in Washington D.C., the National Crime Prevention Council is an organization the aims at addressing different societal issues. Being an educational organization, it is nonprofit and helps communities become more secure and caring using the community members as the main resources. Issues addressed include violence at different levels in the societal order, drug abuse, and crime in different areas of the country depending on people who access its website. The Organization’s website carries information and useful tips in dealing with a number of issues and the given advice is available for different ages. These include advice for parents and teenagers who have different views on the problems they face.
According to information gained from the site, handling conflict takes place before conflict actually happens. The site goes further and teaches parents why understanding their children who face different forms of conflict as they grow older is important. Spending time with children as a way of conflict resolution is important in detecting any problems the child could be experiencing. This helps in reassuring the child of the parents’ care and attention. The council suggests at least 20 minutes with the child with consideration on parents’ possible busy schedule. This also allows parents to detect problems, if any, that their children might be going through.
Disciplining is another area on which the site gives advice. According to the organization, physical punishment and yelling when a child is wrong are negative methods of imposing discipline. Instead, parents should guide their children through example. This is because children are better observers than listeners are and are bound to do what adults do instead of what they say. Another advice on conflict resolution is to teach children different emotions. This is important in generating the right response when the child interacts with other people.
All these methods are important in ensuring a child grows into a responsible adult. According to the council, there are three main reasons behind people committing crime. These include, fear of people and things they do not understand, low self-esteem and a brutal life in their childhood days. Conflict resolution techniques address all these issues, as they make sure that a child learns to understand other people and not fear undermine or mistreat them. At the same time, a child gets confidence when parents play their roles as stated in conflict management section.
The term "walk in the other person's shoes" means putting one’s self in somebody else’s place and trying to look at a problem from the other person’s point of view. The aim of doing this is to encourage people to try to understand another person’s behavior and at the same time, refrain from passing judgment about the opposite party before getting all the facts. To avoid conflict, looking at a situation through another person’s point of view can help show and understand it in a different way. Therefore, the need to appreciate instead of fearing something one does not understand is important in conflict resolution.
Personally, I understand that conflict resolution is important in ensuring a peaceful coexistence at different societal organizations. Every day, I interact with people with different backgrounds, cultures, and attitudes. In addition, I understand that I am bound to meet more of these people with time. I avoid prejudice, discrimination, and racism in life. This way I can interact with people from different races, genders, and backgrounds without making presumptions about them.
The National Crime Prevention Council. (2013). Conflict Resolution: Information on controlling anger intended to promote nonviolence and diplomacy [Data file]. Retrieved from