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Violence In Children

Every new generation is becoming more and more violent. If you compare activities of children in 1960’s and 1970’s to the present day children, you can find an alarmingly increasing level of violence. There are various reasons behind this change; the important one to note is the effect of technology and media on the behaviour of children. At an average, majority of children watch Television for 2 hours daily where a finding by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry states that it is about 4 hours in American children.

Take any cinema, television serial, commercial advertisements, world news and whatever you can view on a TV and read in the daily news papers from around the world, you can see the prominence given to killing, looting, cheating and other sorts of violence. Video games are no different. It could be between countries, gangs and even individuals. The digital and print media were not so popular in the 60’s and 70’s and chances of children exposing to such violence was comparatively less then. But things have changed drastically due to the development in communication technology and sitting at home one can have everything brought in front of him with the touch of few buttons.

When one is exposed to the same stuff daily, he/she becomes addicted to it and become immune to it. This is true even if you are taking a medicine for a long time. So, if a child is watching horror or violent movies on a television, he becomes immune to it or develops numbness to the horror or violence. He then slowly uses violence as his best practice to get whatever he wants in life. The child will also develop a tendency to mimic the actions of the heroes and villains in such movies or television shows in his/her behavior.

The fast moving and vivid cartoon pictures affect the vision and mindset of the child. Watch the reaction of a child highly involved in a cartoon show by just switching off the television or forcing him/her to do something else at that time. They may probably not hear you saying something to them or they will surely get aggressive and even wild when you block them from watching such shows. Parents probably let children watch television by leaving them unattended at home. They both may be busy with their own daily chores or office work having no time to take care of the children. This develops an insecurity feeling in the child and the child slowly becomes adjusted to loneliness. There is no one to correct or stop the child from doing wrong things. The child then thinks that whatever he/she does is right.

Whether it is science fiction movies, action movies, horror movies, classic movies the story is depicted with much violence in it. Young, developing mind does not have the capacity to judge what is right and what is wrong. They at their young age believe what they see and they become fans of the heroes and villains in the movies they watch. They will also try to imitate potentially dangerous acts shown in the movies ending up in death and/or permanent disability.

Daily when you open the news papers, what you can see on bold headings is news of violence around the world. It is mostly bad news covered in the front page with not so good to see pictures of communal violence, disharmony and all sorts of bad doings. Sexual harassment of children as well as elders is reported in the main page, people committing suicide, accidents of various nature, natural calamities and what not? You open the paper and there is lot for you to worry about. News on the television is also not different.

You can notice the level of violence increasing among children around you. Be it between brothers, sisters and friends the trust level is decreasing day by day. Each one is looking at each other like an opponent waiting for a chance to overtake. Competition in all walks of life is increasing. Political rivalry is a major menace to the developing as well as developed countries. Bribery and malpractices are on the increase. You might have read about father sexually harassing daughter, parents killing their children and committing suicide for simple reasons, fights between age old neighbours for silly matters and so many similar news on daily basis.

If you take elders, they will also be influenced by such movies, television shows, news and whatever happens around them even though they can easily distinguish between good and bad compared to children. You don’t have to be told about good and bad. To make children understand the seriousness of their violent behaviour and prevent them from wrong doings, the parents must educate them and provide them with better options in life.

1. As a parent you can control what your child watches on the television and what type of movies he/she goes to

2. Put a time limit on the duration of viewing television

3. Help your children select good friends rather than getting into bad group

4. Know with whom your child mingles and interacts with and keep an eye on their activities

5. Prevent children wherever you can from watching violence and reading offensive materials

6. When violence is shown on television shows, comment about them then and there, in front of children and make them understand that violence is bad

7. Avoid giving internet access to children and if at all you give them access, monitor what they are doing and limit the duration. It is advisable not to open up internet to children where parents cannot monitor their activity

8. Children get a lot of information from their classmates and other peer. Talk to other parents with whose children your child interacts mostly and agree upon implementing similar best practices

9. Increase outdoor activities for growing children thus diverting their mind from closed door games

10. Community members can help children in many ways (especially by efficient counselling), who experience violence or undergo trauma in life. Contact them in case your child needs any special care in controlling violence

Remember, a child who is a victim or witness of violence has greater chances of turning violent. So, it is our duty to prevent the tender minds from mistreated, exploited, harassed and exposed to violence.


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