Mike Males describes himself as a unconventional writer of youth issues, and is a researcher for the Justice Policy Institue. He wrote the Article "Stop Blaming Kids and TV" about kids behavior and television is really just a scapegoat of parental and adults problems. Crime and Violence is not a issue that popped up out of nowhere, it has been around forever and nobody wants to take the blame for it. So, children and television are really just a easy scapegoat since they cannot really defend themselves. It's easy for a parent to blame little Johny's behavior on that violent television show, but is that really the issue?
Also the fact that teens are so rough towards one another there brains aren’t thinking on what can happen if there physical towards people violently. Adults sometimes complain that were not adults yet, reasons why we can’t drive, buy alcohol, nor vote. In Paul Thompson’s article, “Startling Finds on Teenage Brian” published in The Sacramento Bee stated, “While research on brain-tissues loss can help us to understand teens better, it cannot be used to excuse their violent or homicidal behavior. But it can be used as evidence that teenagers are not yet adults, and the legal system shouldn’t treat them as such”. Jurors should think while there in court that treating teens as adults is something pretty much unfair, because why try teens as adults if there not even close to one.
Bandura’s experiment on children being exposed to aggressive behaviour and therefore imitating this behaviour is somehow evidence to show that on some occasions, behaviour can be learnt. There are many different ways people can learn criminal behaviours from other people, for example having a sibling that always steals, or having a aggressive father who uses physical harm in order to control people. Being exposed to behaviour like this in everyday life and when people you love or may respect, like your family are portraying this behaviour, then this may be seen as the norm for people and they may think it is okay to imitate this behaviour. There have been many different studies and theories into how upbringing can influence people into turning to crime. For example Farrington conducted an experiment into how disrupted families can affect how likely someone is to turn to crime, and they found that most participants defined as ‘chronic offenders’ shared the same or similar characteristics, for example convicted parents, delinquent siblings and young parents.
Handguns, gun control laws and firearm violence. Social Problems, 81-93. Douglas Murray states that the “differential access to handguns seems to have no effect on rates of violent crimes and firearm accident, another reason why gun control laws are ineffective”. Schildkraut, J., & Hernandez, T. C. (2013). Laws That Bit The Bullet: A Review of Legislative Responses to School Shootings.
When children are in the seventh grade they are between the ages 12 and 13 so that example is not necessarily true for all seventh graders. She also says that “most studies of risky behavior begin in 15 years olds. Along with this risk behavior is crime and Hymowitz says that children under the age of 15 represent the minority of juvenile arrests. So, this statement represents children that are 15, 14, and 13 years of age which does not define a tween according to Hymowitz. She then brings up a statistic that 25 percent of the children under 15 represent total court cases.
He then talks about laboratory studies on televised violence and finds research points to more aggressive behavior in children. But also comedy can also produce aggressiveness. Rhodes comes to the conclusion that despite violent video games, viewed mock violence on TV, parents are responsible for the behaviors of their children. “Violence is on the decline in America, but if we want to reduce it even further, protecting children from real violence in their lives—not the pale shadow of mock violence—is the place to begin” (327), This feeling is mutual for me. I feel that violence in the home makes a huge impact on our adult lives.
Are video games causing violence amongst today’s children? Nowadays, video games have caught the attention of both the Media and parents. Increasingly, the media tends to remind people how much violence these games contain, thus blaming them for the violent behavior a child may be imitating. In addition, video games seem to be the scapegoat for a quick point of blame and is a much easier answer rather than finding what truly may lie behind the motives for violence in a child. With RPG (role playing games) becoming ever more so popular, so does the demand for realistic violence in them.
However, there are those that are of the opinion that video games have not affected childhood violence. This debate over this controversy is highlighted when comparing the articles written by Anne Harding and Michael D. Gallagher. Anne Harding’s article “Violent Video Games Linked to Child Aggression” suggests that violent video games lead to increased child aggression. Harding cites a study by Dr. Craig A. Anderson Ph. D which tested children ranging in age from 9-18 in Japan and the United States.
To stop this barbaric practice family has to get involved. If family gets involved they might be able to lower the risks of a teenager becoming violent. Surely in the future teenagers will be able to find new ways through technology to bully people and become extremely violent. As a nation, the United States of America needs to do whatever is possible to stop youth
Youth Violence in Schools American InterContinental University Abstract During this paper, I will discuss youth violence in schools, and how the media has portrayed it. I will focus on the urban schools since it has the bulk of stigmatism resulting from public opponents with who placed blame on the parents opposed to the type of community these children are forced to be a part of. In addition, there is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is the cause of many of these youths acting out. lastly, acknowledging the social groups and parents who are trying to aid with being positive in fighting those stigmas and obstacles by educating them and giving them different types of avenues to spend their time. Violence in Schools I chose Youth Violence in Schools as the topic for my post.