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The Lion and Lamb - Violent Toy Exchanges

Did you know that every day in the United States, 75 children are shot and 15 of those kids will die? Or did you know that more teenage boys will die in gunfire in America than from car accidents? Would you like to help put a stop to all these unnecessary deaths? Then why not check out all the great stuff The Lion and Lamb Project is doing to make America a safer place? Read on to learn how you too can make a difference.

Practically from birth, kids are bombarded by images of violence in movies, TV shows, cartoons, commercials and the news. The most popular shows are always the ones with the most blood, gore and cool looking weapons and the best-selling toys are always the most violent ones on the market. So is it really any wonder why so many kids are becoming desensitized to violence?

The Lion and Lamb Project is working in conjunction with parents, schools and government agencies across the country to put an end to the rise in violence among youth in the US. One way they are trying to educate kids and change the outlook of America's youth is through violent toy exchanges. These are easy and beneficial to everyone who takes part.

The object of a violent toy exchange is to get as many kids in your school as possible to bring in a violent toy which they can trade in for a new book, game or toy. The Lion and Lamb Project has some great ideas on their site on how you can organize your own violent toy exchange and they also sell different "How-To" guides if you need a little more direction.

Violent toy exchanges can be done at your school, with a church group, community center, girl guides/boy scouts or any other group that wants to help with the cause. At the end of your trade-in, organizers of the exchange are encouraged to get all the participants to create a structure of peace with all of the violent toys. The Lion and Lamb Project assembled a peace structure in Washington DC in 2000 that displayed over 10,000 violent toys that had been collected from all over the United States.

For more about The Lion and Lamb Project, and how you can start your own violent toy exchange, head to their site www.lionlamb.org.

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    Violent Toy Exchanges - Cool or for Fools?

    • I think they're a great idea.
    • I'd probably trade something small.
    • It sounds dumb. Why would I give up my toys?
    • There are better causes out there to support.

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    "SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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    fitta
    "Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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    fitta
    "SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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    SatanslilDemon
    Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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    I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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