How often have you felt hopeless, wishing there was something you could do about youth violence? Everywhere you look there is a crime involving youth under the age of 18 and we are losing someone each and every day to senseless violence. It is evident that an increase in youth violence is due in part to a lack of parental direction, a lack of community involvement, and a decrease in school authority. The good news is there is something that can be done to prevent violence from happening. Parents need to involve themselves more in their children’s lives, the community needs to help keep our youth out of trouble, and the schools need to exercise their authority and help improve the lives of our youth.
The key to combating youth violence starts in the home. Many children aren't properly loved and nurtured and therefore seek that attention outside of the home. As a result, children are left to figure out what to do with their lives on their own - and quite often the decisions they make are far from sound ones, leading to violence, with them joining gangs and running with the wrong crowds. The majority of teenagers in gangs rarely talk to their parents because it is so much easier for them to talk to their friends. Parents need to sit down and talk with their children at home. They should always know what is going on in their children’s lives, who they hang out with, and the things that they do at school and outside of school. If a child is exposed to violence to a point to where they see it as no big deal, it’s not going to be so hard for them to get up the nerve to bring a gun to school and shoot someone or join a gang. Parents need to be there to help them understand it and influence them in a positive way, so that they can make the best decisions.
The environment that our youth live in also can have a great impact on their behavior. For example, if a child lives in a neighborhood where there are gun shots fired every week, then that...
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