Should children be informed of violent crime?

As violent crime becomes an ever-growing issue, there is much debate over whether children should be allowed to know of the facts, news and truth concerning its danger and details. Although violent crime is growing in numbers, still many children are oblivious of it, so is it better to tell them and risk them being scared than them finding out lies and propaganda on public media platforms, not finding out at all, or only finding out because they are involved in a violent crime?

Many people argue that children are too young to know about these sorts of things, as it would only scare them, and they can always learn about it when they are older, and it will not be a threat to them as they are very young, so they do not need to learn about violent crime. It could make them unnecesarily scared which could be very damaging to mental health. However, it could be even more harming if it was discovered by the children on less reliable and possibly incorrect or damaging sources. As well as this, it is imprtant that they be aware of the danger of violent crime, as it could help them to stay safe and out of trouble.

Overall, I think that children should be informed of violent crime so that they do not hear of it from other sources, which may effect their mental health negatively, and so that they can stay safe.

What do you think?

Comments (12)

  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg affable_weaver | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    16 Feb 2019

    I think that children should be informed as it may effect their safety. For example, if a child was told not to go outside for a few days, but was not given a reason, they might think that the reason is unimportant and go outside anyway. But if they were told a reason, e.g. a murderer is on the loose, they would know that they should not go outside.

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg adventurous_piano | Streatham Wells Primary School
    17 Feb 2019

    But if you don't inform them then they may think that there is no hate in the world and they shouldn't have to learn that there is still violent crime in the world the hard way ( seeing someone being killed or even being killed themselves.

  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
    18 Feb 2019

    People can find out about violent crime in different ways: the news, through school, or they could even become a victim of one.
    Finding out about violent crime in the news is a good way of finding out about it. However, they may only talk about certain situations on where it has happened. Therefore, this means that children don't exactly know what it is.
    Looking at this news didn't really explain what violent crime is:
    Learning about violent crime in schools is a different, good way of finding out about it. This is because, if you're in school you're in a safe environment with teachers that you can trust. Furthermore, if your in school you are able to ask questions about it and people won't judge you about it. Also, schools have days called PSHCEE days, which is a day where you can learn about things like violent crime and mental health.
    Out of the three ways of learning about violent crime, I think that being a victim of one isn't the best way of finding out about it. For the (evident) fact that, they could be killed! However, if they survived and they didn't know why they were targeted they may want to talk about it. But, they may be a little shocked about the truth.
    Overall, I agree with beloved_chocolate and think that children should be taught about violent crime in safe environments so that it doesn't have a negative impact on their mental health. Also, we can't just keep children wrapped around bubble wrap. They have to find out about the real world but not through negative experiences like being a victim of a violent crime.

  • Boston-Spa-logo-250x250.jpg lovely_ant | Boston Spa Academy | United Kingdom
    18 Feb 2019

    I think that children should be informed so that they will not find themselves in situations they do not understand (for example being a witness of violent crime) and it will teach them that not everyone is safe, which they might learn otherwise.

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg introspective_bilberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy A | United Kingdom
    20 Feb 2019

    I believe that children should be taught about violent crime in school for a number of reasons.

    What would happen if a young child found themself in a situation where violent crime was happening? They would not know how to react or what to do, so they would probably try to run away, which could get them injured in the process. If children were taught about violent crime in school, they would learn how to react and what they should do to find help, so if they were in that situation they would know what to do.
    When they get older, it could be too late to learn about it. They would have probably found out about violent crime through social media (such as the news), and would have thought up a picture of it in their minds. This picture could either be right, or wrong, but it would be the first thing that they see when they are faced with violent crime.
    It could help encourage children to not commit any violent crime when they are older. If when they grow up they are faced with a challenge and their first instinct is to solve it with violent crime, if they were not taught about it in school, they would not have had any knowledge of how to ignore that instinct and what to do instead. Especially if they had not been taught how to communicate verbally at school.

    Overall, I think that because of these reasons, children should be taught about violent crime at school.

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg best_crow | John Ray Junior School
    01 Mar 2019

    i think kids should not know about crime

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg best_crow | John Ray Junior School
    08 Mar 2019

    I think kids should not know about crime

  • Lyons Hall Primary School active_swan | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Dec 2019

    I think kids should know about crime just so then when they are older they can know that all types of crime is bad so they shouldn’t do crime or anything bad

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg strong_tomato | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    Yes,it is the only way to keep the children safe from any sort of harm or danger

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg ambitious_owl | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    31 Jan 2020

    I think both yes and partly no. Yes, it is important to make children aware of things so that they will not be careless and be more aware of any possible threats or dangers that may be lurking around the corner. To inform children about crime is to educate them and make them understand that life is not a game is this is not how to behave . My partly no answer is because I think that you can tell children about crime but perhaps you don't have to go into all of the gruesome details which might scare them.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      ambitious_owl's comment 31 Jan 2020

      Good reasoning!

  • global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
    13 May 2020

    It is good to inform them about violent crime because a time might come when their peers may influence them to join gang and they will get involved in violent crime so since they were informed they will resist it

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