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Child Behavior: Then And Now Essay

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Child behavior has been an ongoing controversial topic for years now. Child behavior has without a doubt gotten worse over the years. Statistics have proven that juvenile behavior has become increasingly worse due to things such as crime rates, teen pregnancies, unemployment rates, and more.
Today, children are more defiant and rebellious than they were years ago. Crime rates and high school dropout rates have proven this theory to be correct. Now a days these rates are increasing due to children being spoiled and lack of attention. Many may say that high school dropout rates could be debatable being that in 1979, it was 5 % but, now it’s only 3.4% (Zhao). While the ...view middle of the document...

Between the years of 1992 to 1997, pregnancy outcomes in teens between eleven and nineteen are extremely higher than women in their upper twenties (Gilbert). In 2005 to 2008, sixteen states had extremely high pregnancy rates (Samakow). The statistics may be high, but there are logical reasons as to why this many teen pregnancies are occurring. Some teens might have been raped or could not have an abortion due to money issues so they chose to have their children. Back then, women were having children at a young age because they were married very young. The current rates just happened to outnumber the ones from before. Teen pregnancies add to the fact that teenagers are worse now than before because of sexual behavior and disobedience. Years ago, most teenagers were not sexually active unless they were married. Now a days, teenagers disobey their parents, become sexually active and end up having a baby, making it a trend. Now friends of the ones who had babies at a young age follow their lead, causing the number of teen pregnancy rates to increase. Whether there are good reasons behind them or not, teen pregnancies are one of the many reasons as to why child behavior has worsen.
Society plays a huge part in child behavior, with things as simple as clothing, music, games, and social media. Clothing is definitely different now than before. For instance, everyone has seen at least one person “sagging” or dressed very inappropriately. Back then, men would not have been caught dressing like this. This ties with the fact that teenagers only dress the way they do because they have seen it before. Where? They have seen them on video games, movies, and television. Children these days are highly influenced by social media. They get ideas such as committing crimes, disobeying parents, and sexual activity from the media. For example, children might see someone get shot in a movie,...

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