“Juvenile crime is a serious social problem, and businesses must become more involved in helping to prevent it”

There’s no doubt about the fact that juvenile crime is a very serious social problem and it needs to be addressed in every possible way. However, whether businesses should take this responsibility is a debatable issue.

The responsibility of creating a responsible, law-abiding citizen lies mainly with the parents. Schools and colleges come next in the queue. On an average, taken together, the time spent with the family and in school constitutes more than half of the life of a juvenile. Surely, it is the parents and the teachers, who must take onus then to instill a sense of right and wrong in him.

On the other hand, a person before entering the real life as an adult has limited interaction with the businesses. This limits the role of business in affecting the juvenile crime rate. Still, corporate world does have an indirect role to play. Since the reason for most of the juvenile crime is aimlessness of the youth, businesses can give them a direction by starting vocational courses. Also setting up rehabilitation centers for the delinquent can be a step towards the solution. The rehabilitation combined with industrial training can help the wandering youth to be a part of the mainstream society.

In addition to the above steps, some businesses have a more direct role to play. The movie industry for example can do without the heroic portrayal of gangsters as we see in movies like “The Godfather”. Similarly, there are video-games and television shows that showcase violence as acts of heroism. All these have a lasting effect on a child’s psyche and can cause him to take up the wrong path. Responsible industries must enforce some curbs on these so that they don’t set a wrong precedent for the children.

To sum, though no one will disagree with the seriousness of the juvenile crime problem, it’d be a bit hard to expect the businesses alone to shoulder the burden. The primary responsibility lies with the parents and the schools; but businesses too can lend a helping hand.

 

One Response to “AWA Issue#59”

  1. Sarah says:

    I thought this one was “very” good, ha ha. Just some little nits in the text! Later, Sarah

    There’s (write out) no doubt about the fact that juvenile crime is a very serious social problem and it needs to be addressed in every possible way. However, whether businesses should invest in this social responsibility is a debatable issue.
    This first sentence isn’t concise. Like you don’t have to write “about the fact” and you should not use the word “very” because it is not measurable. Also I made the end of the second sentence a little more clear.
    The responsibility of creating a responsible, law-abiding citizen lies mainly with the parents. Schools and colleges come next in the queue. On an average, taken together, the time spent with the family and in school constitutes more than half of the life of a juvenile. Surely, it is the parents and the teachers, who must take onus then to instill a sense of right and wrong in him.
    On the other hand, a person before entering the real life as an adult has limited interaction with the businesses. This limits the role of business in affecting the juvenile crime rate. Still, (the) corporate world does have an indirect role to play. Since the reason for most of the juvenile crime is (their perceived) aimlessness of youth, businesses can give them a direction by starting vocational courses. Also setting up rehabilitation centers for the delinquent can be a step towards the solution. The rehabilitation combined with industrial training can help the wandering youth to be a part of the mainstream society.
    In addition to the above steps, some businesses have a more direct role to play. The movie industry for example can do without the heroic portrayal of gangsters as we see in movies like “The Godfather”. Similarly, there are video-games and television shows that showcase violence as acts of heroism. All these have a lasting effect on a child’s psyche and can cause him to take up the wrong path. Responsible industries must enforce some curbs on these so that they don’t (spell out) set a wrong precedent for the children.
    To sum, though no one will disagree with the seriousness of the juvenile crime problem, it’d (spell out) be a bit hard to expect the businesses alone to shoulder the burden. The primary responsibility lies with the parents and the schools; but businesses too can lend a helping hand.

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