Teen and Youth Anger
By Curtis Reed
The recent tragedies in high schools among the U.S. lead to troubled teen shootings have killed almost three dozen teens and injured many more, with thousands of struggling the past two years. The statistics are frightening: Every six seconds a murder, rape, assault, or robbery takes place in or near a school of many struggling girls and boys. One in four students and one in ten teachers reported being victims of violence on or near school property. Many struggling teens don’t know how to overcome the problems that they are faced with and many troubled teens need to be placed in the correct environment in order to restore themselves. Zion Educational Services can educate parents of struggling teens, on how to place troubled boys and girls in the correct environment in order to receive the help they need to overcome their struggles including teen anger, teen violence etc. For immediate assistance contact ZES at 866-439-8112, to speak with a child placing specialist to educate you on placing struggling boys and girls in the perfect facility that fits their needs.
Lisa Turner, a teacher, is concerned about some of her students and their reactions to frustration and anger. Michael is explosive when things don't go his way, like being first in line or waiting for his turn. He yells, hits, or throws objects when he gets upset and behaves aggressively on the playground, bumping other children and running away. At the other extreme is Jennifer, who doesn't show any emotion other than becoming very quiet and withdrawn. Children like Jennifer are often considered "just shy" and are easy to overlook. When Lisa supervises the playground she is overwhelmed with the "wild" play, teasing, and minor conflicts. She isn't certain if aggressive activity has actually increased at her school, or if she is just more aware of it with the recent publicity about the violence in schools. Now more than ever, educators and parents can't help but be concerned with the possibility of violence in their schools.
A gun takes a life of American teens every two hours. An average of 25 violent acts per hour occur in children’s television programs on Saturday mornings. Between 100,000 and 200,000 guns are brought to school each day. Violence from aggression and hostility appears to be increasing, particularly among the younger generation. The above statistics are chilling and such episodes undoubtedly interfere with teaching, learning, and even daily events such as walking outside at night or playing alone without supervision. In the past five years the rate of behaviorally disruptive students is increasing; behaviors previously typical only of high schoolers now occur in preschool and primary grades; educators describe teenage students as more aggressive and hostile; and many struggling teens lack any sense of caring or remorse.
Violence is defined an assault to one's person that can take three forms: body (physical injury), esteem (verbal harassment such as name calling), or property (damage to things one owns). A tendency toward violence usually develops in an environment encouraging aggression rather than tolerance when one's wants are not realized. In this environment, children as young as two and three years old are exposed to violence and imitate it. They know what violence looks like, what it sounds like, and where it can be found and what it can mean to them. By the age of six, violent and aggressive behavior becomes a stable personality trait, while violent behavior at age eight is a predictor of aggression at age 30. The American Psychological Association (APA) has studied youth violence extensively the past 50 years. They found the history of a child's involvement in violence, either as a victim or aggressor, is the strongest predictor of violence. They found 70 percent of men in prison were abused or neglected children.
For many children and troubled teens, school may be the only safe place away from an abusive home. Educators as well as the community must come to terms with the reality of the ongoing problems of violence. In addition to the very real physical threat posed by such rampant violence, education itself is threatened. When fear is paramount in their minds, students cannot learn and teachers cannot teach. Many administrators, teachers, and parents feel a sense of hopelessness about the role of schools in combating violence, in which the emphasis has historically been on social control rather than improving the school climate. This approach has been unsuccessful despite increasing security such as metal detectors, permanent school-based police officers, and zero tolerance. Learning how to deal with aggression and hostility in nonviolent ways before violence becomes a stable personality trait is critical. Early Intervention One of the most encouraging if your dealing with troubled teens who influence violence and need some form of treatment, which is available.
Many parents of struggling teens aren’t aware the correct way to restore teens and need a professional to educate them. For parents of struggling boys and girls that need immediate assistance dealing with out of control teens, Zion Educational Services specializes in educating parents about different youth programs for troubled teens such as different types of private boarding schools, boot camps, troubled teen Christian schools, therapy programs for troubled teens and many other youth facilities for struggling boys and girls. ZES provides parents of troubled teens with the information to place your troubled boys and girls in the perfect treatment center that can meet their needs. If you have any questions or concerns contact ZES, (Zion Educational Services) to immediately to talk to a child education specialist at 866-439-8112.