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Societal Problems Facing Todays Youth

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A major factor that has no baring on economic levels is the lack of the personal commitment that parents have for the supervision of their children. Basically, not spending time they should nurture their children. All of these problems have lead to a direct effect on the juvenile justice system, which is already a heavy burden. In most cases, this effect is due to too low on funds, large numbers of juveline offenders, the lack of facilities and poorly trained officials who are pressed hard as what to do with these juveniles. On major problem that creates hardened criminals is the fact that status offenders are housed with the hardened delinquency, causing institutionalization, undesired behavior and ineffective treatment.

Television has also been a major factor in the behavior of today's youth. By watching television, juveniles get a lot of information, including violence. Kids grew up with the idea that it is okay to be violent to others. The impact of televised violence gives the already frustrated juvenile that their feelings of being powerless are worked out via the television screen. It is a fact that violence triggers aggression in children and by watching televised violence it provided them the excitement and danger that they miss in their daily life. Some juveniles therefor are incapable of separating reality from fantasy. Video games have been the major factor in the negative behavior of juveniles. Most of the games that these youngsters are exposed to are very much violence related. It give the kids the chance to be the gunman and therefor to be the hero.

Socializations had also be a major issue for the youth today. One of the major factors is more of a economic effect. While decades back the mother stayed to home to tend her offspring, today's mothers have to work to support their family. There is a high divorce and teen pregnancy rate which is to blame to the high economic needs. Some of the major problems caused by this are the young children who are looking after themselves. Families are disrupted through divorce, separation, desertion or death. Despite these problems some families learn to cope with these changes stated above. Some families that are malfunction learn to compensate for loses of family members or the lack of the amount of time one or both parents have to spend with their children. Without stability and a set pattern that children can depend on, and the lack of love and nurturing, children can easily become involved in delinquency.

Homophobia does effect today's society too. Men seem to have less tolerance against homosexuality then women do. Men seem to feel more threatened against the whole homophobia issue. Men have the fear of gay people try to hit on them, while most gay men try to be friends. Men also have the fear of being labeled as homosexual if hanging out with gays or lesbians. It seems almost impossible to have a gay friend for men without the chance of being labeled by one. For some juveniles, there is a substantial hate against the homosexual society and they become violent if these people come around. Although society has been very accepting of the homosexual in recent years, there is still a small percentage of youth that have no tolerance for gays and lesbians. They take it upon themselves to hurt and humiliate these people by this taking their rights away. Let us not forget the story about Matthew Shepard in Wyoming in 1998. Beaten and tied to a fence, he was left there to die. Homosexual teens have become frightened by the actions their once friends are making against them.

Looking at the big picture, a juvenile who runs away from home, has problems. Their problems might be caused from just being rebellious to sexual abuse. Juveniles and especially younger children have the fear of telling others what the problems at home are. Mental and sexual abuse can be a big factor in run away and behavioral issues. The child is scared and doesn't know who to trust or to go to. The juvenile system has taken a big step in protecting these children. When a child is scared at home, juvenile justice system has proven that there is help for them. If juveniles are caught being intoxicated or under influence of alcohol or drugs, the system has intervened and has provided services to these kids. While decades ago, juveniles were locked away leaving the parents free of consequences of what they done, today parents are looked at as a suspect. The system has turned around and has been paying attention to the child's underlying problems.

If we warehouse juveniles, we will end up with more problems then before. Warehousing them actually means putting them away without further treatment. Let the system provide help and services for those kids so they will know how to function in society!

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