Causes of Juvenile Crime
The increasingly high rates of juvenile delinquency
are a great problem in modern society. More and more
people are paying special attention to it. There are
mainly three causes of this problem-the negative
influence of mass media, young people's tendency to be
rebellious and high divorce rates.
The first reason of the high rates of juvenile
delinquency is the negative influence of commercialized
mass media. Publishers of books or program producers are
more concerned with profits than with the quality. Thus
books or movies may have negative effects on children.
Taken obscene books and violence movies as examples.
They are very dangerous to children. Once the children
are exposed to violence or bad and dirty ideas are
introduced into their mind, there will be lifelong harm.
Some young children watch hours of murders, fights and
crimes every week, with no adult to tell them that life
is not like that most of them. The effect of the heavy
does of violence is to suggest to children that violence
is an ordinary way of life, and that shooting and
cheating are ways to succeed. Such an misbelieve usually
leads them to a wrong way in near future.
The second reason of high rates of juvenile crime is
that modern youth are more revolutionary and more
independent that the elder generation. When this
tendency goes to an extreme, problems arise. Some of the
young want to throw away all the traditional principles
and beliefs, most of which are very good for
self-cultivation. They are reluctant to listen to the
advice from elder generation. If they behave in the way,
as they like, they might commit crimes without realizing
The third significant factor of juvenile crime is the
increasing number of single-parent families. Studies
show that juvenile-delinquency rates are twice as high
for youngsters from single-parent homes as for those in
traditional households. Children in single-parent
families are taken less care of and thus have feelings
of being neglected, discriminated and isolated. The lack
of parental love makes them hostile and cynical towards
There are several ways to prevent the youth from
committing crimes. Firstly, school education plays an
important role to teach traditional beliefs. Secondly,
the present situation also calls for a control and
supervision on the mass media. Books and programs should
be in good quality. There should be more educational
books and programs for young children in to tell them
how to distinguish the right from the wrong. Thirdly,
mutual understanding between parents and children is
also very important. Parental supervision and guidance
are a key factor of self-cultivation in lifetime. The
two generations need to smooth away disagreement.
Parents can spend much time staying with their children
and patiently carry out the duty of family education.
Why Do People Feel Isolated from Each Other and
Modern people have a feeling that they are becoming
more and more isolated from each other though it is
believed that the development of information technology
has made the world smaller. There are three reasons for
Firstly, modern people have greater tensions so that
they have less time to communicate with each other. More
and more people are living in urban areas, where life is
in a quick rhythm. Due to fierce competition, city
dwellers have to be hardworking in order to keep up with
the steps of city life. Everybody is busy all the time.
Work pressures deprive them of a casual way of life.
Moreover, living in apartments in different blocks,
people are isolated from each other. It is not
convenient for them to meet each other freely.
Secondly, the wide use of telephone and overwhelming
emergence of the Internet prevent modern people from
seeing each other quite often. In the past, when some
festivals comes, the way people to send congratulations
is to meet each other, to sit together and to talk or
they can write letters and send postcards. Nowadays
people can simply send an email or make a phone call to
send good wishes in a few minutes. However, sitting
before the computer screen is not the same thing as
meeting, talking and writing. People are loosing the
pleasure of writing and talking and hospitality towards
each other. In some sense, people are becoming mechanic.
Thirdly, modern people's spare time are occupied by
various kinds of entertainments and activities. In the
past, meeting and talking to others is a fundamental way
to get information. However, today TV programs are very
attractive. People can just stay at home and knows
clearly what is happening in the world. Therefore,
people have few chances to meet each other and thus a
feeing of isolation arises.
There are some solutions to the present situation.
First of all, people need to be fully aware of the fact
that the modern ways of communication cannot take the
place of the traditional ones. Sending emails cannot
have the same effect as writing or face-to-face talk.
Traditional ways should be encouraged and people can
write letters as much as possible. Secondly, activities
held in one neighborhood can create a warm atmosphere
among people. Thirdly, the people need to know how to
enjoy life, which is a new and popular idea in modern