If kids are going to get in trouble, it's often between 3 and 7 p.m. Rena Large of the NEA Health Information Network looks at a possible solution: model after-school programs that include anti-drug messages and teach that substance abuse threatens the safety of the school and community.
How much trouble do kids get into after school?
Plenty. In 1999, 57 percent of serious juvenile crimes occurred from 3 to 7 p.m., reports the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Juveniles are more likely to be victims of violent crime between the hours of 3 and 9 p.m.
Children are finding trouble because more and more of them get no adult supervision after school.
"We need to recognize," says Dr. Steve Kelder, an expert on adolescents from the University of Texas, "that kids left unsupervised after school are more likely to exhibit behaviors that …