Shun culture of violence
Sunday, March 4, 2018
In the BYH column on Monday, someone asked about what has changed in schools from years gone by as far as protection of students? What has changed is the nonstop violence being shown in movies, on TV, and electronic devices. That is one of the answers.
When adults in this nation allowed Hollywood and the game developers take over all of these things, our children’s lives were changed. The lack of supervision by parents has led to young people’s exposure to constant violence on a daily basis. Personal and cyber bullying adds to the mix. Watch some of the things your children are watching, and think about it.
Is this really what their young minds need to make decisions on how to handle unpleasant reality? What other explanation can you find for someone choosing to shoot a gun in a theater because of an argument over seating or entering a school with a revenge mentality.
Even if you go to a PG rated movie, you have 20 minutes of violent previews with people, cars, and buildings being blown to pieces. Our culture has become so de-sensitized to violence that it is teaching us that violence, whether verbal or physical, is the answer whenever someone treats us in a way that we feel offended. No wonder unhappy youngsters think they can solve their problems in this manner.
They see it often in their leisure time. And if they continue on this path as they become young adults, they may continue to react badly to situations. If we could start tomorrow to clean up this mess, it will still be years before things can be turned around, but wouldn’t it be worth it?