Some people believe that enforcing harsher penalties on young offenders is not a good idea as current laws are more effective. Many parents resent the fact that they should be held responsible in many situations. Stricter rules should be placed on young offenders who break the law. Young offenders who commit violent crimes should be tried as adult.
Many young offenders feel that they can get away with a slap on the wrist for violent crimes. One in 12 high schoolers is threatened or injured with a weapon each year. If you’re between the ages of 12 and 24, you face the highest risk of being the victim of violence. Statistics show that by the early 1990’s the incidence of violence caused by young people reached unparalleled levels. There is no single explanation for the overall rise in youth violence. Self-esteem and Morale values should be taught at home and reinforced at school, by rewarding children who show positive attitudes.
Rational persuasion is thus the foundation of peaceful coexistence. Early education about violence should be also taught in our educational institutes. Schools need to encourage individual, independent judgment and to provide the factual knowledge and reasoning skills. Effective strategies include school based curricula that emphasize the development of problem solving skills, anger management, and other strategies that help kids develop social skills. In addition, parenting programs that promote strong bonding between parents and children and that teach parents skills in managing conflict in the family, as well as mentoring programs for young people. The parents should be held responsible for the children who repeatedly break the rules and parental involvement should be made mandatory when a child is showing signs of violent behavior.
The parents should be forced to take more interest for the well being of the child. Teachers and school faculty should be better trained to notice potential problems developing in students. A support system should be put in place for students so when an individual child feels threatened; they have someone they can approach in confidence. It’s too late to save some teenage violence victims, but its not to late to save future victims of teenage rage and violence. To curb our youth violence we must take a more detailed view of the crimes committed. Combined with early intervention methods and education.
Teens need to understand that the consequences of their actions will lead to serious penalties. This would hopefully make them think twice before being involved in violent acts.