One of the critical social problems is the juvenile delinquency which in on the increase, especially in Kazakhstan. Juvenile in this context refers to young people under the age 16. This increase causes great concern for all: politicians, teachers and social workers and above all, parents. This essay will examine the three main causes for this increase in youth crime and give the possible effects of youth crime on society.
The first cause for the increase in such crime is the influence of the media. There are lots of media which are increasing in numbers and widespread among children. There is no denying that kids nowadays have all access to the internet – the main dissemination of different types of information. Simultaneously, children without parental attention can become victims of violent or pornographic videos by watching TV. Both types of media may give wrong impression to impressionable and easily influenced young people. There is a striking instance of the influence of the media; kids in hopeless conditions repeat the unconscious activities they saw in the soap-operas.
Another reason for the increase in juvenile crime is drug and alcohol abuse. In these days of twenty-first century almost none of parties celebrate without booze. In addition, in some streets of our country different types of drug are sold secretly: marijuana, ecstasy, hashish, cannabis, heroin, cocaine, etc. Especially, chew tobacco is widespread among Kazakhstan schoolchildren. The usage of these bad things depends on the status wanted by young people. They ignore or do not realize the dangers, because alcohol and drugs are seen as “glamorous” and “helpful to relax”. All of these lead to become addicted or dependent on alcohol and drug abuse, which can afford them to petty crime to support their needs for drugs or alcohol.
As for the third reason of the growth in anti-social behaviour by young people is the change of family structure in Kazakhstan. In order to undesirable pregnancy...