Juvenile Delinquency By: Laura Hernandez SLC: Liberal Arts
Importance of Topic To prove that it’s not only the parent’s fault that their child is/becomes a juvenile delinquent. To demonstrate what parent’s can do to help their children out. To provide information about ways in which we can prevent kids from becoming juvenile delinquents.
Thesis Statement During the summer of 2010 I went to New York with my parents. We went to the Harbison station to wait for the Amtrak train. While we were waiting, two kids, dressed very formally appeared there and were waiting for the train as well. While we were waiting, one of the kids asked us if we knew the time. My dad told him the time and then the kid asked us if they could borrow one of our phones to call their mother in Elizabeth, New Jersey. My dad said not to give it to him because they were going to rob it from us; I told my dad, it is ok just give the kid the phone. When my dad gives him the phone, the kid pretends to be waiting for his mom to respond, then all of a sudden he runs off with the phone in his hand. Luckily a police car was passing by there and they were able to stop the kids before they ran away. After some time passed we were told that we had to go to court, we found out that the kid had previous criminal records. That’s shameful that a kid at such a young age already had a criminal record. The child had to do some community service on the weekends, for example cleaning up tables or picking up trash. The child also has to go to therapy sessions because he also suffers from anger issues.
Are parents the only ones to blame? When a child commits a mistake, what should the parent do to solve it? Locking them in their room is not the answer. Neither is beating them into submission. Communication is your best tool for connecting with your child. He may not want to talk to you about what is going on in his life or share with you his concerns. Opening up the avenues for communication won't be easy. But one thing is certain; doing nothing will only make matters worse. It may seem at times that you are nagging your child and getting no response. You may feel yourself getting angry and instead of having a conversation, you are soon in the middle of an argument. It's not easy to hold your temper when you your child is being unreasonable. Only by communicating with your child will you begin to discover what they may be going through.
How can parents help their children from becoming delinquents? By giving the support they need. By communicating with them. The answer to helping your child out is not by locking them in their room or beating them, communication is the best tool to help you connect with your child. By communicating with your child you will begin to discover what they may be going through. Find out who their friends are and even meet their friends' parents.
Programs to help juvenile delinquents One way to help them is by education. Educational programs have the underlying intent of encouraging hope and opening up opportunities for young people. A second way to help them would be by putting them in recreation activities. This can help them by allowing to do other things and by connecting with other adults and children in their community. A third way is by being involved with their community. Involvement in community groups provide youth with an opportunity to interact in a safe social environment.
Conclusion I chose juvenile delinquency as my senior project topic because I wanted to research more about it and also because I thought it was a very interesting topic. I also want to let others know more information about juvenile delinquents, for example, their actions as to why they have such bad behavior, the parents responsibility and what can they do to help out their child.