To treat any illness, it first vital to note the symptoms and identify the cause. The same applies to violent behavior in students. It first has to be noticed and their causes to be identified in order to effectively remedy such behavior. Here is a look at some of the causes of violent behavior in students:
Learning and Behavioral Disorders: Several children suffer from learning disorders and disabilities which hinders them from behaving normally in social environments. Their inability to cope with their challenges and the lack of understanding from parents, peers and teachers leads to extreme behavioral responses. Some children isolate themselves and might go into depression while other react far more aggressively often resorting to violent acts to vent out built up frustration.
Dysfunctional Families: A child’s mind is greatly influenced by the kind of family they have. Healthy family environments with caring parents who take time to interact have fewer instances of violent child behavior compared to children brought up in dysfunctional families. Domestic violence and a lack of proper upbringing have a severe impact on a child’s psychology and emotions.
Bad Neighborhoods: The community n which a child lives influences their concept of right and wrong greatly. If a child is surrounded by adults who carry weapons and regularly indulge in violence end up believing that such acts are a part of normal life and don’t think twice in acting similarly at school.
School Administration: Most violence at school is triggered by unchecked bullying and harassment. Bullying was earlier considered a common childish trait but its effects have long since been identified as a cause of violent behavior among victims. Bullying includes physical assault, sexual harassment, discrimination as well as spreading false negative rumors about a student.
Media and Entertainment: Children are surrounded by several forms of entertainment that expose them to unchecked levels of violence. This includes television shows as well as video and PC games. Heroes are often portrayed as trigger happy gun wielding macho men who eventually become ideals to young minds. Anti-heroes with questionable values are glorified in the name of entertainment.