How to Help Your Child Understand Violence in the Society

How to Help Your Child Understand Violence in the Society

Violence is widespread in society today. Children are exposed to various scenes of violence from the media, community, and school. 

As a parent, it is your duty to help your child understand violence.

One step you can take is to talk to your child about the things happening in society. 

Your child is aware of the goings-on in the community, and it is best to discuss them with them. 

Discussion with your child helps you know if someone has violently attacked them.

Another thing you can do is limit their exposure to violence. 

Although violence is rampant in today's society, it is still possible to determine your child's exposure to violence.

You can also learn to control yourself when you are around your child. 

Children tend to pick up habits from their parents and those they consider role models.

Read further to improve your knowledge on tips on how to help your child understand violence:

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Talk to Your Child About Violence 

Violence is everywhere in society. 

Talking to your child about violence helps reduce the impact of violent activities on your child. It also helps them realize the gravity of violence in society. 

Discussion with your child about violence is essential to help your child understand violence.

Children have a very tender mind, so you must adequately explain what violence means to them.

It will help if you endear your child to identify the feelings they get when exposed to violent activities. 

For instance, when you and your child witness a violent scene in the street, it would help to ask them what they feel about it.

When your child expresses their disposition towards violence, you can know how to correct or encourage them.

It will also help if you remind them of the gravity of the violence and explain to them that they should not take violence with levity.

Explain to them that violence is not "normal".

Establishing what violence entails would help teach your child a better way to resolve conflict. 

Reminding your child to use their words to resolve disputes instead of their fists would be best. 

It is also essential to explain that violence has a negative consequence, thus, discouraging them from being violent.

Limit Your Child's Exposure to Violence 

It may seem difficult to prevent your child from witnessing violence thoroughly.

However, you can keep tabs on how much violence the media and society expose to your child.

Limiting your child's exposure to violence is an excellent way to help your child understand violence.

You can protect your child from violence by knowing their friends. 

Peer influence is common among children. 

If you notice your child hanging out with a friend who feeds them violent content, you can consider consulting the friend's parents.

It will also help if you use parental control on your child's social media and the television.

Also, screening movies and video games before granting access to your child would greatly help your child. 

You can do this by reading reviews about the films and video games online to gain firsthand knowledge.

Studies have shown that proper parental monitoring goes a long way in protecting children from the negative consequences of violence. 

It is essential to know the violent content your child is consuming.

Learn to Control Yourself 

Studies have shown that children who have violent parents tend to be more damaging than their peers. 

Children often imitate their parents, so it would help not to get violent when you are with your child. 

Controlling yourself is a positive way to help your child understand violence.

It is essential to adopt a positive approach to settling conflicts. 

For instance, when you get into an argument with your spouse or your friend, it would help to avoid getting violent.

This way, you set an excellent example for your child. Your child learns that violence is not the proper way to resolve disputes.

It will also help if you avoid getting physical with your child. 

Children can be very naughty, and you might have the urge to strike them. Instead of hitting your child, you can punish them or firmly express your displeasure with their attitude. 

It is best to correct your child with love continually.

Parenting by example remains the best way to teach your child good morals. 

Thus, it would be of great help to control your temper when you are around your child.

Stay Positive With Your Child

Violence is everywhere in society. Your child may get anxious or frightened by the widespread violent acts in the community.

Positively reminding your child that there are still good people is a perfect way to help your child understand violence.

Being positive with your child involves assuring them that they are safe and you have their back. 

Making your home a haven for your child by being at peace with your partner is advisable.

You can also consider staying in an environment that frowns at violent behaviors.

Also, if your child is scared that someone might attack them or their loved one violently, it would help if you reassured them that they are safe. 

Peradventure, your child becomes a victim of a violent attack. 

They would feel safe to confide in you because you have constantly reassured your child.

Keeping positive energy despite the violence around would help your child understand there is no need for violence.

Be Firm With Your Child 

Be strict but do not be violent. Children are in their formative years, and being lackadaisical while training them would not help. 

Setting your standard as regards violence would help your child understand violence better.

The first step to being firm with your child is to validate their feelings. 

It is advisable to make your child understand that you know that violence is rampant in society, but that does not cause violence to be a joke or a norm.

When you notice a violent trait in your child, it is essential to curb it immediately.

Also, if you discover that your child has been taking in a lot of violent content, it would help to firmly correct them and make them know why you fix them.

Making your child know that violence is never an option is best. It would also help to educate your child that the fact that their friend or their teacher is violent does not make it the standard behavior. 

Let your child know your values and what you stand for.


The world is rapidly evolving, and younger children are more exposed to violence. In raising a less-violent child, it is essential to learn how to help your child understand violence.

Some tips you can employ to help your child manage violence include talking to your child about it, limiting their exposure to violence, controlling your temper around your child, staying positive, and being firm with your child.


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