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Musings by Donna #34 Tromp on Violence

It seems to me that our society has become desensitized to violence.

We feed our children daily doses of violence through television, movies, and video games. Just turn on the 6:00 pm news – any channel to see body bags being removed from yellow-taped crime scenes from the latest murders. Vivid images of wars, in a myriad of countries, parade across the TV screen, regardless of its sensitive and impressionable young audiences.

Children only need play select video games, which their parents so lovingly and unwittingly buy for them, to encounter violence. Surely you have heard the joyous voices of children as they triumphantly “kill” off an enemy or bop them on the head, or maim their opponent in some unmentionable way? Whatever happened to good old tag, or Red Rover? Those games provided the same end – competition and winning, but in a less psychologically, harmful way. “Gotcha! You’re dead!” is a common refrain with children nowadays. When I was young, “Tag!” You’re it!” worked for me. Have you ever wondered why children find joy in the killing? I think they have become immune.

It’s not necessarily their fault. Perhaps they don’t know better … but adults do – or should. Any adult who condones these actions is promoting the poor behavior that may result. No parent wittingly wills his or her child to be violent or demonstrate poor behavior, but parents need to become more aware and make better choices for their children. It’s not hard.

Turn off the six o’clock news or be sure your child is not privy to it. Leave the toy guns, water guns, pop guns, or war toys on the toy stores’ shelves.  If no one buys them, manufacturers won’t make them. Pick up more friendly-type toys … learning games. Believe me they can be fun and instructional, too. Choose toys that promote imagination or interactive play. Your child will benefit.

With Halloween around the corner, help your child to make better costume choices, too. No child needs to tote around an axe or a chainsaw while running door-to-door gathering sweetness. They don’t need fake blood dripping down their faces either. Halloween can be a ton of fun dressed as a swarthy pirate or a leprechaun, a robot, a doctor or a princess, a construction worker, a monkey, a banana, or a friendly ghost … anything … the options are endless.

We can make the world a better place. We must make the world a better place and we need to start now. I, with my children. You, with yours. Why not stress caring? Children can become more empathetic – more sympathetic, but we must be their example. We must show them the way. We must make the world a nicer place in which to grow up … because it is their world. So tromp on violence. Stamp it out!

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October 3, 2011 - Posted by | Musings by Donna | , , , , ,


  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself!! I loved Red Rover.

    Comment by Judy | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you kindly for your remark.


    Comment by Donna O'Donnell Figurski | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. […] You can read another post on violence here for a similar perspective. Musings by Donna #34 Tromp on Violence. […]

    Pingback by Musings by Donna #48 Reality Check on Violence « Donna O'Donnell Figurski's Blog | December 23, 2012 | Reply

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