Increasing Violence Amongst Youth????

1420 Words Oct 11th, 2004 6 Pages
Youth violence is an increasing concern in our society. Violence, as defined in Webster's online dictionary, is an "intense, turbulent or furious and often destructive action or exertion of (physical) force so as to injure or abuse." There is a growing perception that there is a steady rise in violence amongst today's youth, and with this increased attention, comes many sources of blame for their actions, however, all but one are simply excuses. There is a lack of hard evidence to support the supposed increase in youth violence (www.eurowrc.org .) Since violence is subject to interpretation, it is a hard thing to measure. Although, it is for sure that sex and violence have always been a part of humankind. Freud discussed this over …show more content…
Others blame the internet. "82% of Americans (I'm sure Canadians can relate) surveyed blaming the Internet at least partly for the Colorado killings," (Moore, Charles). However, the internet should be treated the same as the other sources of entertainment. Parents need to monitor their children's activities on the internet and should limit their exposure time. Parents need to teach their children that virtual freedom on the internet does not work in the outside world. There are rules to follow and morals not to be toyed with.
The availability of drugs, alcohol and guns is also being blamed. However, even if guns have become more available, drugs and alcohol have been common for a lot longer than youth violence has been considered a big problem. Again, it's the parent's responsibility to monitor their children and to educate them on the dangers of drugs and guns. Children should not have the desire to seek such things.
The school system, the churches, political leaders and even advertising companies have also been blamed at one point or another for this supposed outbreak in youth violence. However, these violent incidents are a reflection on the parents. Adults and peers who witness cruel and cynical behaviors toward others and take no action are part of

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