What are the leading contributors to juvenile delinquency?
Criminal activity among youths is a concern for everyone. Parents, teachers and other mentors seek ways to minimize the potential for young ones to find their way into trouble.
The following conditions can leave fertile ground for minors to turn to crime and are things responsible adults can look for and try to eliminate.
Violence at home or among friends
Children tend to imitate those around them. A pattern of violence in the home or with friends can become a child’s normal reaction to frustration or aggravation. Parents can be mindful of violent actions and words that can plant such behavior in the child’s psyche.
A lack of attention to education
Children spend a substantial portion of their time at school. Unfortunately, many schools have trouble attracting sufficient teachers to care for all students’ needs.
Children who feel that responsible adults are ignoring them may lash out and seek attention through criminal behavior. Parents can take a genuine interest in their children’s education and find tutors or programs to assist if they struggle to give their kids the help they need to succeed.
A child that does not have many positive role models may fall into running with the wrong crowd. A young one desperate for the approval of friends may succumb to committing an illegal activity because of a dare or to prove loyalty. Constructive after-school activities, such as sports and volunteering, can be an excellent way for students to use their time.
Children are independent individuals that make their own decisions, but parents can have a powerful influence. With consistent, loving guidance, parents and guardians can reduce the odds of a child falling into delinquency.