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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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    PotterDrinksWater
    While engagement isn't illegal for juveniles, marriage is as you can already tell. Judging by your feelings, I don't think the relationship will last long enough for him to be able to wait. I heard some courts will allow it, depending on location. Knowing whether her engagement is okay is a tricky thing. She seems pretty confident in the relationship. As for your own feelings, how well do you know him? Do you have any knowledge about him outside their love life? Do her parents know anything about him? If you don't now the answers, don't be afraid to ask them to her or her parents. I'm also a 16-year-old girl and I don't feel comfortable with it. Many young adults have a hard time understanding the transition from  teen to adult, but if he's put his problems on her, that's a bad sign. I don't think 5 months is long enough in my opinion and I think this could lead to making bad habits in a relationship. I appreciate that you're trying to help your friend be safe. Hopefully some of her closest people will help her with you. They don't necessarily have to steer her against him, but they should help guide her into deciding what's best ad how to carry on from that.
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    CaptJolee
    CaptJolee posted in Friends:
    I don't even think that legal for a adult to marry a teen I think you should ask that part to make sure my theory is correct
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    Boysrock50
    Boysrock50 posted in Friends:
    Do your parents know her parents? Maybe you could get your parents to speak to hers. Or if not, maybe tell her parents yourself that you're concerned. Try speaking to her and making sure she's 100% sure about what she's doing?
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    KittyChes16
    KittyChes16 posted in Friends:
    So last year my friend got engaged at the age of sixteen to a guy of twenty-one and they only dated for 5 months at the time. I'm afraid she's making a mistake. They're still together, but her guy seems like he has a temper and might get abusive in the future.  What should I do? 
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