Should parents be responsible? Essay

Should Parents be Punished for Children’s Mistakes?

Teenage crimes are on the rise, and in trying to prevent this condition from aggravating we are starting to consider different solutions, punishing parents for their children’s mistakes. The question to be asked is, are the parents really the problem here? Or is it something more severe? Punishing parents by the law is not the way to handle such rise in crime rates. Though I do believe that the parents should be held somewhat responsible for their children’s mistakes, I do not believe that they should be punished by the law. Some other things we need to consider are the effect that schools have on children, and how it can affect them mentally.

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” (Plato) I found this quote interesting, and I agree with what it is trying to say. Discipline is not the same as it used to be and I believe that it is affecting young minds in a negative way. When I was younger, my parents would tell me to go to my room, or sit in timeout, but now parents are telling their children to give them their smartphones, or newest technology. This is hurting not only the child, but also the relationship that the parent has with his/her child. If a parent would step in and say that they need to get outside and play for a few hours, I honestly believe that it would help the child mentally and physically, and this would help them to become more mature and smarter in decision making.

“In March 1989, on a cold, snowy day in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, nine-year-old Cameron Kocher fatally shot a seven-year-old playmate with a high-powered hunting rifle. He had been playing video games with the girl at her house, when she told him that she was better at the game than he. Soon, the girl went outside to ride snowmobiles with other friends. Kocher, angry that his parents wouldn’t let him join them, retrieved the rifle from his father’s gun cabinet, loaded it and pointed it out the window of his home.

Then, as the girl rode with a friend on a snowmobile, Kocher shot her in the back. Minutes later, as the girl lay dying in her living room; Kocher returned to the girl’s house telling another playmate, “If you don’t think about it, you won’t be sad.””(Schill: When Kids Commit Crimes) Children are now more free to do what they want, play video games all day, play on their phones, and I believe that violence is a major part in technology. Not that it is bad to play some video games for a few hours, but when it becomes a habit, and the child is on it all day, the parent needs to step in and take it away from them. This would free the child’s mind from the “technology world” and bring it to the real world. I then think that children would be less violent, and immature, and I wouldn’t have to write a paper on parents being punished, because kids wouldn’t be making as stupid of mistakes, like the one shown above.