Youth Violence Essay

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Fear of youth violence is a constant concern by millions of people all over the world. Kids seem to take up more and more space of crimes that are usually committed by adults over the age of 18. "Statistics confirm that more horrendous crimes are being committed by increasingly younger children" (Levine 27). These crimes committed by youth's are caused by many different reasons: Poverty, neighborhoods, schools, parents, and TV, are the main concerns. But what is in most people's minds is what we can do to help prevent this violence. Although there are many different methods for reducing youth violence such as administering harsher punishments and steering kids away from gang influences, the most effective is training in conflict resolution …show more content…
Your friends are also a great influence on what you become or what you do with your future. If you are in contact with peers who use drugs, or those who are delinquents, there is a big percentile that you would become a criminal. "The strongest and most immediate cause of the actual onset of serious violent behavior is involvement with a delinquent peer group"(Elliot 72). This is where violence, crime, and delinquent behavior are encouraged. One of the easiest ways to access violent scenes is through television programs. Every time you get home, and turn on the TV a violent scene usually comes on. This is very sad, because many people around the world are concerned with all the violent acts that occur everyday. Kids feel that Robocop and Hulk are great models, but these characters are a bad influence on children. Growing up to be a violent person isn't the right road to take. At school, the fight for status and status related confrontations cause violence. Academically poor students are usually those who are aggressive troublemakers, in or out of class. In addition to all these factors, your individual factors also encourage youth to violence. Low intelligence, hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorder are all connected to violence. Your moral values also have a great impact on the delinquents. "Our poverty-one which makes us particularly susceptible to the crime contagion-is poverty of values"(Feder 76). Gangs are usually made up of kids of different ages.

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