Youth violence is contaminating our homes, our families, our communities and our schools. Millions of adolescents are killed everyday due to youth violence all around the world. The lives of future doctors, lawyers and educators are being thoughtlessly taken away. Most of today’s youth violence occurs in school settings. This is a very serious issue, which affects the entire world. The world’s future is being killed off and it is essential that something be done to reduce the dangers in communities around the world.
Violence among youths can be influenced by
many sources. The media has a very strong influence on young people
today. It is a big part of young people’s lives. They browse
the Internet, and download and listen to music. Even the seemingly
innocent Saturday morning cartoons can be negative influences. Young
people are exposed to violent cartoons in their early childhood
years. The television line-up is full of cartoons showing characters
getting shot, stabbed and even enduring decapitation. It is not
the fact that these cartoons show these violent acts, but that the
victims of these acts are physically injured, and miraculously continue
their antics to the conclusion of the show. This sends the message
to young viewers that if you were to hurt someone, it will be acceptable
and without punishment. They believe that the victim or target will
be okay. They do not grasp the concept of how emotionally scarring
physical violence can be.
Some parents are naive to the fact that their child may have developed violent behaviors. They simply do not see the signs, or do not take heed to the signs. They instead choose to ignore it and convince themselves that this ‘phase’ will go away. Unfortunately, in most cases, violent behavior is not just a phase. There are many influences that encourage violence that may become a permanent part of their child’s life.