AP English 11
Children and Violence
Over the past 30 years, behavior in children has worsened. Growing up used to less traumatic just a few decades ago. Children back then worried about things such as a flat tire on their bike and hoped that their teacher wouldn't give them too much homework. (Anderson, 1) Children and adolescents have among the highest rates of conventional crime victimization and, in addition, suffer from some crimes like sexual abuse and family abduction, specific to childhood. Despite enormous publicity about crime and youth, however, this high vulnerability is seldom mentioned. (Kopiec 1) The innoncence of childhood has been replaced by the very real threat of violence. (Anderson 1)
Life has indeed become more violent and more dangerous for children. Consider these statistics: One in six children between the ages of 10 and 17 has seen or knows someone who has been shot. The estimated number of child abuse victims increased 40 percent between 1985 and 1991. Children under 18 were 244 percent more likely to be killed b guns in 1993 than they were in 1986. Violent crimes have increased by more than 560 percent since 1960. (Anderson, 1) These are just a few factors on why bad behavior has gotten worse. It can happen anywhere at anytime. The last few decades have seen an increase in the number of children with behavior problems in the classroom as stated by Schultz in Children Behaving Badly: Has it Gotten Worse? Working in a classroom is more difficult than it was 30 years ago. (Schultz, 12) Kids in schools try to avoid fights and walk home in fear. (Anderson, 1) Fear of victimization in school have increased. In 1989, six percent of middle and high school students reported they feared being attacked or harmed in school. In 1989. five percent of middle school and high school students said they avoided places at school for fear of their own safety. (Hodges and Perry, Darling 2
15) School bullying has many parents worried, and not just those on the receiving end. Resesrchers have learned that the bullies are no longer just the phsically intimidating kids, but the popular, academically sucessful kids who are trying to gain higher social status. ( Tyre, 50-51) Eight percent of students in grades six through grades twelve report they are bullied at school. Bullying is defined as being “picked on a lot” or being made to give up money or other items. Bulling is more of a problem for younger students. Over thirteen percent of sixth-graders say they are bullied, compared to about three percent of twelfth-graders. (Hodges and Perry, 15) Peer abuse has alwas existed at school, but the kinds of kids who are harrasing others have changed. Bullies these days are, often as not, popular kids and academic achievers. Research suggest that the growing frequency and intensity of bullying ma be the result of s troubling decline in social skills among adolescents. In a 2009 study, researchers asked teachers whether the thought children's ability to get along with one another and resolve disputes had improved over the last decade, stayed about the same, declined slightly, or declinced significantly. Their response was overwhelimingly negative: seventy five percent of educators perceived a significant drop and twenty five percent said they saw a slight decline. (Tyre, 53-54)
Possible reasons for the decline in good behavior may include lack of good parenting, increased technology, paretnal subtance abuse, dietary changes, and the economy. (Schultz, 10) Schults stated a sample resigned in 2010 but stayed tuned in to parents and teachers. She believes teachings has gotten harder and children more difficult for a variety of reasons: “Inept Parents” who don't know how to set limits for their children and who appaently think it's OK for kids to learn vulgar language at a young age. (Schultz, 13) Technology- “At a ver young age, the have acess to materials that I would've been shocked if my...
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