Recent figures show an increase in violent crime among youngsters under the age of 18. Some psychologists claim that the basic reason for this is that children these days are not getting the social and emotional learning they need from parents and teachers. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
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Throughout history, crime has been an intrinsic part of human societies. Over the last few years, the number of offences, especially those committed by teenagers, has skyrocketed. This has led some experts to conclude that the lack of care by parents and teachers is behind the increasing levels of youth crime. However, I believe that this assessment has some truth in it although this is not the only reason.
For one, the lack of affection and family feelings can influence children in negative ways. For example, it is recorded that teenagers residing with foster parents or in special care centres often do not receive adequate support and warmth as compared to those living in stable families. This has led the highest percentage of young offenders to originate from these deprived social units. Therefore, if a youngster does not receive loving care himself, he will not be able to give it to others.
On the other hand, the friends with whom one spends his time can take great part in guiding a youngster towards crime. For instance, every individual wants to be accepted by his peers although this need can easily lead a teenager mimicking their actions. In a way, committing crime can become ‘cool’ and a social norm. Also, if one was to try to escape this way of life, he would experience great peer pressure and may be seen as weak. Thus, friend can play a critical role in commitment of crimes by teenagers.
In conclusion, the attentions give by parents and teachers, or lack thereof, can significantly influence the chance of a youngster committing offences. However, the one’s friends are also a significant part of this matter and must be also taken into the picture.
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