One of the main issues of every school is school delinquency. This type of delinquency can be found in different forms – physical and mental abuse, theft, property damage, and other delinquent acts. However, the cause of this behavior with children has been the subject matter of many studies, therefore there are different ways that it can be prevented.
Recognizing the Risk
The most important part when talking about school delinquency is the attention that both the parents and the teachers direct towards the children. Why so? Well, delinquent behavior was recognized as a partial result of the child’s interaction with a risk factor.
There are four risk factors – individual, family, peer, and school and community risk factors.
The individual risk factor is characterized by antisocial behavior, hyperactivity, and poor mental development. The family risk factor is usually, but not only, connected to neglect and abuse. The third risk factor includes rejection from friends and association with outsiders. The last risk factor is best recognized with bad school performance.
The exposure to these risk factors can influence a child’s future and tendencies towards delinquency. Not exposing the child to these factors, or recognizing them on time, can be a significant difference to the way the child is later formed.
Ways of Prevention
In case you begin to notice something odd with your child, or any sort of behavior that can result in delinquency, do not despair. There are many options still on the table, and if you work hard enough, both you and your child can overcome a difficult period.
Firstly, it is important for you to form a connection with your child. The stronger the relationship, the greater the confidence between a child and a parent. The child will belive in your guidance and advice and always find a friend in you when facing problems or difficult situations.
However, forming a strong and amicable relationship doesn’t mean that you don’t keep any authority. The children should always be aware of the rules within the family and the home, as well as what is expected of them. If you are already in a situation where you are only beginning to build authority and the child is acting unruly, you should first contact social services and not the police. In this way, you will keep their trust but still maintain order.
Being aware of where the child is and with whom is of extreme importance. Keep track of the people who are usually around them, and the places they tend to go to. Your home is and always will be the safest place for your children. Therefore, make your place a home where they can bring their friends so you could find out more about their acquaintances.
Having a better understanding of your child’s thought process and development can mean better communication and an improved relationship. Your knowledge can help you understand their action and the hidden intent behind those actions. So, find proper reading material, and improve your parenting skill with a book or two written by professional children psychologists.