Children in crime scenes: understanding fractional possibilities
There are rampant reports nowadays about the increasing incidence of juvenile participation in criminal activities.
Children below the age of 18 are now being frequently cited to be actively involved in higher forms of delinquency such as theft and murder. Such incidences have already been presented to the attention of the proper authorities such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine National Police. However, it seems that whoever is behind in these criminal activities involving children feels unperturbed of the legal sanctions imposed by the law. To emphasize, it is understood that there must be certain grownups behind every crime mentioned, knowing the inherent innocence of children. Since the inception of child labor in our culture, some people have been exploiting this incorruptible characteristic of children by exposing them to these kinds of milieu. When children get this kind of exposure, they form a justification that what they are doing is morally right and accepted by the society. In most cases, children belonging to families below the poverty line are the victims of this kind of exploitation.
In other cases, children get this kind of orientation in different media available such as television, comics, computer and other electronic devices. Most of the entertainment programs shown on the television today contain subliminal messages about corruption and conflict. Having the capacity to form broad views and syntheses, children become susceptible to these kinds of depraved orientations. In turn, the righteous values that they ought to learn while they are growing up are being arbitrated by dissipated values that greatly affect in their personality development.
Many human behavior experts believe that parents are the leading causative factors in making the kind of persons their children are. This observation is shared by other experts in developmental psychology. Children’s first social interaction is with their parents, particularly with the mothers. When this link/bond between the child and the parent is broken, the tendency is for the child to develop hesitant behaviors such as mistrust. The child carries this mistrusting behavior until he grows old. Apparently, this becomes a problem especially when he is coping with the biological and psychological changes that occur during his adolescence stage. Children find it resembling to be inside a pressure cooker where a lot of issues are compressing them inside. Issues that can be related to this include certain family problems, unfriendly acceptance of his desired peers, the feeling that no one can understand what they are going through, etc.
Minor issues such as poverty, all forms of harassments and exploitation are also considered. Sometimes, these children end up in companionship with other delinquent children of the same age. Eventually, the child loses his ways. Later on, drugs and pornography will come to his way. These things pose significant emotional impact on the value orientation of the child resulting to various juvenile criminalities.
Because of the poor implementation of the regulations specialized to regulate on these forms of delinquency, there seems to be persistence on this aspect. Once again, apt government offices are dutifully prompted. This is to avoid any further severities that may arise from it.
By: Jed Paolo A. Cairo
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