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Unfortunately many children in today's society are exposed to violence on a daily basis. A child only has to go as far as the television set to witness violence, real or fiction. Or the internet has innumerable websites displaying violence of any kind. Some internet games today directed towards children & teens promote drugs and extremely graphic violence. On a more personal level a child can be exposed to violence in his school, either as a witness or a direct victim. Or a child can be exposed to violence through his friends and acquaintances. Or perhaps most insidious of all a child can be a victim of violence in his home. I say this is the most insidious because if there is one place a child must feel safe, it is in his home. Our home should be our one safe haven. If it is not, this more than anything can have severe repercussions on a child's psychological development. As parents we would like to limit our child's exposure to violence on as many levels as possible because as we will find out, violence alters our minds in negative ways. And in general, the more chronic the exposure to violence, the more chronic the behavioral and psychological disorders that can result. Also, I would like to expand our definition of violence to not only physical abuse, but to also include verbal and emotional abuse.
HOW CAN VIOLENCE AFFECT CHILDREN?
- Feelings of powerlessness & helplessness
- Low self-esteem
- Anxiety & fear
- Shame & guilt
- Loss of trust
- Inability to set healthy boundaries
- Poor impulse control
- Stress disorders & psychosomatic complaints & illness
- Fear of abandonment
- School & relationship problems
- Inability to take responsibility or taking all responsibility
- Increased probability they may end up in abusive relationships as adults
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