Look at the influences on children
SIR, – It is shocking to read of the dramatic increase in pupils carrying weapons in Aberdeen schools (Press and Journal, July 12). But should we be surprised?
Children are being exposed to acts of violence – often extreme violence – wherever they turn. From TV soap operas (turn the sound down and just watch the body language) to cinema, videos, computer games and the internet. And that is not to include the aggressive “real people” clashes witnessed during some sporting fixtures.
Children absorb their values from their surrounding environment and the prevailing culture. Parents and schools certainly have a vital role to play regarding inculcating peaceful behaviour but as society has increasingly turned its back on both traditional values and moral standards then we should not be surprised at the reported increase in lawlessness. Collectively, we need to make a U turn: the biblical term is “repentance”.
Colin Wilson, Bellfield Road, North Kessock