Give your child lots of love and support. If your child is in an environment of care and belonging, he/she is less likely to resort to gangs. The reason most children join gangs is because it gives them a sense of belonging.
Be aware of what is happening in your child's life. Keep track of his/her activities in school and attend events that matter to him/her. Make sure your family has at least one meal together per day. This will give you a chance to ask about your child's day.
Familiarize yourself with your child's friends and encourage your child to foster the type of friendships that you find appropriate. Learn about your child's behaviour through his/her friends.
Decreased academic performance, attitude problems, and appetite and sleep changes can be the result of poor decision-making by your child. Acknowledge these changes and show interest in what is happening in your child's life.
Hold standards. Acknowledge when your child has adhered to them and correct when he/she has not. Help build your child's self esteem and sense of responsibility.
Teach your child to successfully handle his/her problems by taking example from you. Share your experiences with your child to build a trusting relationship.