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Causes of juvenile delinquency


Juvenile delinquency is certainly not a thing to be neglected. The fact that there are more and more cases of it every year makes one wonders what may be causing it and can it be stopped. Many different causes may stand behind it, mostly connected with modern lifestyles. Namely, with a large number of divorced parents and parents working throughout the day, children are left to themselves most of the time. Besides school, they educate themselves through mass media on the TV or the Internet. The violence and the twisted system of values mostly being the major theme of blockbuster movies, books, and even modern music offer numerous wrong ideas for children to look up to.

Reasons Behind Juvenile Delinquency

As mentioned above, one can perceive many possible causes of aggressive behavior in concerning children. From a wider point of view, children have generally become more independent. However, they are not in this situation by their own choice. Rather, they may be supported by a single parent working double shifts in order to provide for them. This leaves children alone most of the time, learning about the world through popular TV program. Even with both parents at home, they still may have to work longer than they are supposed to, which is an often case, leading to the same outcome. Since most of the things selling in the mass media world are connected with violence and the worst in humanity, children are offered a large specter of bloody scenes, massacres as well as education in criminal and mischievous ways. With no parents to tell them right from wrong, children learn that the only way to progress in the world is by using force, stealing, lying and criminal actions in general as one's tools. Video games mostly deal with killing and destruction adding onto this malevolent way of education.

This modern lifestyle gives birth to children which independently choose their ways of life and conduct, ofter rejecting some traditional moral-based codes. Through such revolutionary behavior children often strand into violence and may eventually even become adult criminals.

Possible Solutions

Basically, all the above causes need to be set straight. Schools should focus more on presenting a clear distinction between right and wrong to children. They need to know, from the very early age, what is good and what is bad behavior. Also, morale and conscience need to be restored in the minds of the people in general, let alone children. Entertainment and media should work on education more, rather than focusing on earning money by selling violence. Parents need to spend more time in communicating with their children, helping them solve their problems and answering their questions about the world, leading them towards the right ways of life and conduct. Finally, all the technological revolutions and advancements we have been exposed to have set us apart from each other. People rarely communicate face to face and physical contact has decreased seriously. People should spend more time together and talk instead of sending emails, being people instead of machines.

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