Violence Uncensored: A Hazard for Children?
How do children learn? It is drilled into us from an early age that taunting and physical aggression are wrong, and should not be done. It can be very confusing for a child who is brought up in a home where violence is present and not censored. Typically children who are brought up in homes of violence are at a much higher risk of growing up into violent ways and tendencies.
It is both amazing and saddening to find the amount of data on the subject of children and violence. Amazing that so many experts feel compelled to write books and do studies on children exposed to violence. Saddening because there is so much violence associated with children. The focus of this study will be how children become violent.
How often have you heard the words said, “Do as you’re told and not as I do.”? It is because without question children duplicate their parents actions. Parents often tell their children to do one thing, and then do something to the contrary. For children “actions do truly speak louder than word.” A child, who grows up in a home where violence is common, grows up believing violence is a way to handle difficult situations. Therefore, when this same child is an adult living in a different home environment, they too, will act out aggressively toward an unwelcome situation. It is because this behavior has been learned (Penelope 62-65,71). Children not only grow up to become abusers themselves but in certain situations become victims. According to Medical News Today Public Health article, in situations where a mother is being repeatedly hit by the father it is not uncommon for her daughters to find themselves in abusive relationships. After all we tend to seek out the familiar and isn’t it true that girls always look for a partner who is most like their fathers? Violence between children is not so surprising. For one child to hit another is common, especially siblings (Children Copy). It is what they are taught...