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Aggression in children; a rising trend

New Delhi, Tue, 12 Feb 2008 Binita Tiwari

Juvenile delinquency is increasing at an alarming rate, giving threat to our value system. The future of this world has become so vulnerable to the violence that every now and then our daily circulations are splashed with such news from across the world.

Yesterday, a 17 year old schoolboy was attacked by his junior with a paper cutter inside the school premises in Delhi Cantonment. The boy was lucky to have sustained the injuries inflicted to him out of rage for he opposed lewd remarks passed by the accused to his sister studying in same school unlike a student of Euro International school, who was shot dead by his classmate in Gurgaon.

Though the accused has been suspended from the school but school authorities has convened a meeting to further investigate the matter.

This incident is just another incident lined up in the violent atmosphere which has left parents and teachers bewildered. The strings of incidents around are not only disturbing but a big question that why is there tone of rage in the young minds?

Many deep insights by the social scientists into this monstrous problem have been able to throw light on the child rearing practices which has one of the important effects on children’s nature and ability to control aggressions.

Children’s are parents wish and their life revolves around their children. But this new breed of children who pick drugs, alcohol, sex, smoking with such an ease has not only left parents astonished but there have been a vertical surge of other problems associated with it.

The parents too have become the unknown solicitor of their children’s misdeed by trying to cover up their children. This indeed has added up to already existing problem.

Before it is too late

Other than early exposure to violence and crime through films and through the environment, parenting style is the most important part to give shape to the budding brain.

The best parenting style is the authoritative and democratic way where parents and children grow mutually. Such parents help their children to be responsible and teach them the reasons and consequences of their behaviour.

This can be done by making their children understand with reasons that why their children should behave in such manner. Here the focus is on good behaviour rather than the bad one. And the technique involves caring and warmth of parents. Here there is only one process that is teaching rather than punishing.

A child behaviour and nature is influenced by parenting style a highly authoritarian parents as well as permissive parents can inflict more danger to a child behaviour than anything else. In the first case the parents asserts their control to their children by making them follow strict rules while in second case the children make their parents dance to their tune.

Parents must know the differences of the age gap and try to make things as easy as possible, giving room to a child’s perspective is also an important tool to monitor a child’s behaviour. Giving your child the dose of self confidence for all rational reasons, regulating their emotions, exposing them to social environment and listening to them will help a child becoming socially responsible one.

But the orientation of our lifestyle has changed so is our values and goals, there are myriad problems and it has been found that even if parents have done their job the child appears to have not taken the lesson morally because of the time a child invest in his home.

There must regular counselors and guide in the Schools to look into such behaviour and address the problem accordingly.


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