Putting teens on right track

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 May, 2007, 12:00am

The media's obsession with violent material has been blamed for the wave of teenage crime sweeping across the world.

Bombarded by movies portraying gangsters as heroes and rap songs laden with swear words, today's teenagers are filled with angst. Popular shooting video games which allow players to go on a killing spree have also desensitised teenagers to real-world violence.

With no way to vent their anger, the youngsters get involved in fights. To reduce juvenile delinquency, more social services and sporting opportunities should be provided to young people.

'Instead of angry youth who are hell-bent on causing destruction, many just feel dissatisfied with the real world,' said Catherine Leung Lai-yee, assistant professor of the department of social work at Hong Kong Baptist University.

'They come from broken families or are neglected by their parents who are too busy with their work. They feel they have been abandoned. Only when more support services are provided for them will they be able to get back on the right track.'