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Teen Violence ... Who's to Blame?

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What do you think is the cause of all the teen brutality?

two teenagers fighting

Dr. Janet Taylor: A recent Office of Juvenile Justice report highlighted the fact that children in the United States are more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than adults. Huh? Yes. Juveniles and young adults ages 12 to 19 were more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crimes than the population as a whole.

The crazy thing is where the violence is happening. And you know what? It's everywhere. In Chicago, it's in the school yard and the violence is enveloping innocent bystanders. The recent heinous case in Florida is still hard to believe. Even though the perpetrators are juveniles, in my opinion, they are accountable and should be held responsible for their actions.

A question we have to ask as moms is: Are our kids more violent, and why? Is it nature or nurture? Certainly, there is a genetic component to violent acts and antisocial behavior. However, a much bigger factor lies in the nurture argument. Kids who grow up in homes where they witness domestic violence, live in poverty, and are subject to physical or sexual abuse are at risk for violence. Boys tend to be more involved in violent acts, but girls are not immune.

Exposure to violent video games, movies, or even music lyrics counts as an exposure to violence.

So, whose fault is it? Is it the media or Mommy or Daddy?

Listen, the blame lies with all of us. Our job as parents is to help our kids develop a conscience with a sense of morals, values, and beliefs. We do that by being good role models, having limits and consequences, spending time with our kids, and limiting their exposure to violence (including multimedia).

We all want to live in a peaceful society. What are you doing to make it happen?

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captaindon October 16, 2009, 7:10 AM

I think in most cases there is a underlying cause and probably medical perhaps a food allergy and in some it may be blood pressure when ever this type of thing happens it should be mandatory for the people to be checked for BP, Drugs and allergy’s perhaps BP should checked on 5 to 7 times and can be done by the school nurse when possible with written reports to the parents or phone calls the BP is to high.

Rob Waters October 30, 2009, 10:11 AM

Violence comes from both exposure to (modeling) during any age group and the removal of proper modeling. Absent fathers leave the mother to impart manhood in boys. Impossible. Boys need to learn real strength, (behaviors)from fathers, coaches, teachers, pastors. Fathers cannot impart femininity (strength of nurture and many, many other God-given traits in mothers) to their sons. The violence comes when there is any single touchpoint in these young ages where authority is absent - or abusive.

Septima March 29, 2011, 4:53 PM

The statements that you have made is very true. I think that if every parent had the same perception about the causes of teen violence we all would be safer on this planet.

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