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Nowadays, there is much concern on the incidents of violence among adolescents and children. This troubling and complex issue needs a deep understanding by teachers, parents, as well as other adults. Children, as young as those in preschool portray violent characteristics, possibly due to the violent surroundings they are exposed to. This presents a lot of challenges to the parents, teachers and the wider society. Thus, this essay will look into such challenges facing children, their effects and the solution to the violence crisis in the society.
The rising violence rates in most American cities show that most children are being raised in conditions known as “inner-city war zones” (Garbino et.al., 1992). However, the violence problem is not limited to a particular group or community. Every child today is affected by this violence which pervades the contemporary society. Thus, a healthy progress of children in today’s world has been jeopardized.
The causes as well as effects of cases of violence in the society are complex just as they are interrelated; most violence arises from social prejudice common in the society. Key among the major contributors are unemployment, racism, poverty, substance abuse, guns proliferation, abusive parenting practices, and everyday exposure to violent scenes via the media, among others (Craig, 1992). Currently, every fifth child is exposed to poverty; for the children below six years, the number is twenty five percent. The fundamental services to families with a low income have been significantly reduced in the past decade as the federal funding in America has been cut. With the disappearance of social programs and the deterioration of the economy, violence in schools, homes, and communities have escalated. The handguns proliferations have also greatly contributed to the increasing violent assaults as well as homicides that children
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This essay analyzes an aggression and violence in children as a sign of weakness and fear rather than strength, power and fearlessness and needs the opposite to manage and reduce them. It is time the society realizes this fact and adopts it in helping curb the headache of aggression and violence in children not only for parents but the society at large.
Violence in children is becoming an increasingly recurring phenomenon because of several reasons. Most of them include the atmosphere that the child has been brought up within. Under this, either a child is subject to violence and is forced to witness his family members committing violent actions on a regular basis, or he is pampered to such an extent that by throwing tantrums and being a little violent he is able to get with what he wants while getting away with violence.
These may be psychological, physical (including throwing objects), sexual, emotional (includes verbal threats, controlling behavior) or financial” (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2012). According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime (n.d.).
Domestic violence can also be termed as battery, spouse abuse or violence within a family which all imply the use of physical force within the domestic unit by one member against another (Sipe & Hall, 2000). This essay will discuss domestic violence, the effect it has on children.
Domestic violence happens when one or more members of a family continually experience mental or physical abuse from those members who wish to control and dominate. Presence of a sympathetic adult around children who can help the children to cope with their problems is absolutely necessary.
This paper discusses some forms of violence experienced by children, its effects on them and their families. One of the most common means through which children observe violence is media. Violence is shown in media in different programs and forms, ranging from dramas to action movies, and also video games.
There is no doubt that the continuing expansion, even explosion, of mass media exerts some influence on the everyday lives of the billions of people across the planet. While adults are sometimes able to think critically regarding the continuing information they are exposed to, and so limit the effects of the negative information they receive.
The violence that is displayed in video games has proven to be harmful and influential to the children that are exposed to it, thus promoting violence to those who engage in the games. Video games do promote