I do not remember ever having any self-defense conferences or events while in grade school. We had a lot of conferences, some memorable ones about fire safety or not dropping out, but none about self-defense.
I would like to see self-defense conferences at schools. From elementary school all the way through high-school, I think such conferences would help protect children and reduce the staggering rates of teen violence. Young females especially need to learn how to defend themselves from sexual assault and rape.
Many children do not think about violence and victimization until it is too late. They do not realize that the best defense is avoidance and prevention.
Self-defense conferences could teach the children how to stay safe and avoid getting in violent conflicts. They could teach the children how to prevent attacks. They could teach children how to resolve conflicts and other problems before the conflicts or problems escalate and result in the child getting hurt. For example, in many cases children have an opportunity to seek help from an adult before a situation turns into violent victimization. For another example, simply choosing to not go to the wrong party alone could be the difference between safety and victimization.
Of course, the conferences could also give kids some physical self-defense tips for when all else fails. These can include ways to incapacitate an attacker and get away, for example.
What do you think?