Youth Violence in America
A paper looking at the epidemic of violence among America's youth and the causes of this epidemic.
# 67373 | 1,990 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Jul 06, 2006 in Communication (Mass Media) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues) , Sociology (Media and Society) , Criminology (General)
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This paper argues that violence among America's youth has reached epidemic proportions and that the causes of this violence can be found in the home, the educational system, the friendships children establish and the media. The paper concludes with the warning that if society's mentality about home life, schools, peers and the media remains the same and does not wake up to the need for change and the fact that these social systems promote violence, America can look forward to continued and increasing levels of violence among its youth.
From the Paper:"In the '50s Ed Sullivan told the video cameras, taping Elvis live performance, not to shoot anything below Elvis' waist. He didn't want America to see the perverse image of hip shaking and wild dancing. We've come a long way from then, in what is allowed on television. As a matter of fact, stations now allow things that are much worse on everything from television to comic books. But then again America is a haven for violence. Violence is as American as apple pie. We are exposed to it constantly. Everyday violent dramas play themselves out on our streets and at our schools. Many believe that this violence has no particular cause. Yet others insist that the children themselves are genetic failures and they are just bad apples. Still others contend that the violence is just random and not aimed at anything specifically. The sad truth is that this epidemic of violence is the product of many factors. The main factors that stimulate the violence within American youth, are the upbringing a child receives at home and his education. The next variable that plays a key role in this is the violence portrayed in movies, the news and video games. The last catalyst in the reaction is the peer influences a child keeps at school."
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