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A Tale of Youth Violence

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Are the youngsters in the developed countries becoming more and more violent? Or is the public more aware of it because the media is reporting more about it then in the past?

This is a question which can’t be easily answered. Fact is that the inclination of the young to violence is disturbing.

Some pundits blame movies, TV series and video games for it. Another point of complain is the preference of the young ones for luxury articles. As it happens some of the kids who don’t own such articles take it from those who have it by force.

This is a point of complain from the grown ups. But the adult society has to ask itself, why should the kids  be different from their parents? If the parents want luxury cars and expensive clothes it is absurd to demand from the children not to behave the same way.

Advertisement works exactly this track. Buy more and more and more expensive.

This leads inevitably to a sense of deprivation by the kids who can’t afford the brand marks.

So now all kinds of reason have been covered why youngsters are getting violent.

Except for one reason, the ecological situation!

Who is now 10 years old will be in the middle of the century be 50 years old and an individual amongst 9 billion people. In the mean time the climate has probably changed, the level of the seas has risen and a worst-case scenario might have become reality.

No one knows if this will become reality but for the kids of today this scenario is very much part of their subconscious.

If their future seems bleak, why shouldn’t the kids become violent now? How can they punish the adults now, if the adults will be long dead when it might be too late?

The parents have the obligation to prepare their children for the future but also the future for their children.

If the adults give the young generation a perspective for their future perhaps the circle of youth violence can be broken?

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  1. Claire b.

    On Monday Dec. 6, 1999, a 7th grader at a middle school in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma walked up to a group of classmates waiting for the morning bell and allegedly opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, wounding four classmates. When asked by a sheriff’s deputy why he did it, the unidentified 13 year-old reportedly answered, “I don’t know.”

  2. Andre D.

    Among academicians and researchers, the study of youth violence has been dominated by criminologists who have focused their efforts on trying to explain the causes of violent juvenile crime and devise strategies for reducing its occurrence. Psychologists and more recently, epidemiologists and other researchers in public health, have also taken on the study of youth violence. All three disciplinary approaches have yielded important insights on aspects of youth violence, but none has found what can definitively be regarded as the causes of this phenomenon; nor have they provided an adequate explanation for its seemingly random nature. As is true for most problem-oriented research in the behavioral sciences, the search for cause has generally been viewed as critical to the development of solutions and remedies. Past experience has shown that failure to accurately locate the cause of a social problem often leads to treatment of its symptoms and, consequently, an inability to find lasting solutions.

  3. Dr Mohammed.

    Violence is (and always has been) a part of the human condition. From war to child abuse, murder to school-yard bullying, violence takes its toll, often with children being the innocent victims (or occasionally the not-so-innocent perpetrators). Researchers are becoming increasingly interested in violence and its effect on children. Psychologists, sociologists, family scientists, and educators are guided by the hope that science can provide interventions to prevent violence or mitigate its effects so that children can lead positive, rewarding lives.

  4. Chris

    American children watch an average of three to fours hours of television daily. Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior. Unfortunately, much of today’s television programming is violent. Hundreds of studies of the effects of TV violence on children and teenagers have found that children may become “immune” or numb to the horror of violence, gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems, imitate the violence they observe on television; and identify with certain characters, victims and or victimizers.

  5. Albert Frekom

    There’s no simple way to reduce violent impulses in your child. Kids who are violent may have attention deficit disorder or impulse control problems, or they may have simply picked up violence as a way to handle conflict from the society at large.

    No wonder. Human beings are violent (no other animal species has organized wars), plus, we are a culture that celebrates violence. Our heroes are boxers, action fighters, soldiers, and police with drawn guns. Playground politics often promote the toughest kid to the ruler of the roost.

  6. Marshal G.

    Deprivation and poverty motivates young people to turn to violence and to guns for status and respect.

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