Alexanderstraße / Bayreuth

… if parents consider their neighbourhood to be safe, so do their kids. However, kids’ feelings are not drawn from their parents alone. Children see the objective factors in their environment differently from their parents. “Parents consider high-rates of single parent families, a lack of trust amongst neighbours, and the presence of graffiti, rundown buildings and heavy traffic as being indicative of an unsafe environment, while children feel safer than their parents if the streets are better lit and if there is more greenery,” Côté-Lussier explained. She believes this is due to the fact that children are scared of the dark and because vegetation can reduce stress. “Planting trees is not just good for the environment, it also has a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of the population,” she said. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Describe the neighborhood your protagonist grew up in. How does that affect his/her perception of the safety of his world as an adult?

Journaling Prompt: Describe the neighborhood you grew up in and how it made you feel

Art Prompt: Safe neighborhood

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how to create the feeling of safety for children in their neighborhoods.

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