2019年5月23日雅思写作：In many countries, a high proportion of criminal acts are committed by teenagers. Why has this happened? What can be done to deal with this?
Many countries are currently witnessing a rising criminal activity among people under the age of 18. There may be three reasons for this case, and the methods to punish children and teenagers should focus more onrehabilitation than prison.
Firstly, poverty could turn an immature child into a criminal. As the gap between the poor and the rich widens, young people may start looking for wrong ways to bridge the gap when they find their friends are richer. Secondly, with the number of broken families going up, more and more neglected children have trouble with the law, as the lack of love and affection from the family makes them angry and violent. As a result, their negative energy might find an outlet in committing crimes of all types. Finally, not only taking drugs is itself a crime but it may also lead to various other crimes that young people never intended to commit in the first place.
How should society punish young lawbreakers in order to prevent or reduce their criminal activity? On the one hand, severe punishment like locking up children in adult jails could have a deterrence effect by discouraging young criminals from committing new crimes. On the other hand, harsh punishments may have a negative impact on young offenders if they areincarcerated in the same way as adults. This could weaken young criminals’ already fragile links with society, nourish their negativeinterpersonal networking, and increase their likelihood of future criminal activity. Therefore, rehabilitation is probably a better answer than prison because it provides an environment that is more conductive to education.
Recently，an increasingly growing number of juvenile delinquency has lead to a widespread discussion. Violence on media and unstability in families are two primary factors leading to adolescents’ criminal tendency, both of which will be elaborated in detail and be followed by some effective remedies respectively.
Excessive exposure to media violence plays a major role in the increase of teenager crime. There is no doubt that the violence shots are prevalent in many films and TV programs, which mislead the young people the most. They are curious, immature and naïve, and can be addicted with and indulged in fantasy hero’s criminal behavior after watching action films in real situations. Actually, these teenagers are misguided by their heroes. In this case, the government should set a rating and censorship system in order to control the amount of violence, threat and horror on screen.
Unstable family life should also be response for juvenile delinquency. Because more parents are now either divorced or separated in current society, their children tend to grow up in single-parent families, which means they usually lack love and supervision from parents. In this situation, they are more likely to behave in illegal ways as they eagerly want to be cared for. To tackle this worrying issue, parents should pay more attention to their children even if they cannot live with them, as children’s instinct is to love and reply on their parents.
In conclusion, media violence and unstable family life are two main contributors to teenager crimes. Governments should provide a healthy environment on the screen, while parents should care more about their children and give them a stable family life.