Youth Violence Prevention: Teaching Teens How To Walk Away From A Fight

As your child goes through his teenage years, he will be interacting with different kinds of people, and he will have to face different situations and emotions. Unfortunately, there are certain situations wherein personal conflict might arise between your child and another individual which might result in violence or injury. As a parent, you need to help your teenager understand that violence is not the proper way of dealing with difficult situations. In addition, teach your child how to walk away from a fight before it escalates to a more serious problem.

You need to be aware that fighting among teenagers is one of the most serious problems in the country. In fact, almost 16 million teenagers have witnessed some form of violence and assault from their peers, but the more frightening statistic is the fact that one in every eight people murdered in the country every year are younger than 18 years old.

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Why Do Teens Fight And What Are The Consequences?

As a parent, you might wonder why some teenagers get involved in a brawl. The reasons listed below are supplied by junior and senior high students around the country when they were asked why they get into fights.

  • Someone insulted them or treated them disrespectfully
  • Someone hit, pushed, or shoved them first
  • There was an ongoing disagreement
  • Someone could not control his or her anger
  • Other people were encouraging two people to fight
  • Disagreement between teenage couples
  • Fight over a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • The teen wants to keep his or her reputation or get a name

Teenagers might think that physical or verbal fighting is a good idea to resolve conflict. What they fail to understand is that fights usually lead to more serious problems. Aside from the possibility of getting injured or injuring another person, they might also face legal charges, such as assault and battery.

Assault and battery is a serious offense which can result in two and a half years in prison, says the defense attorneys at Boston-based Law Offices of Elliot Savitz. Battery is a crime of intentionally touching another in an angry manner, such as pushing, punching, or grabbing another individual’s arm. Assault, on the other hand, may differ from one state to another; however, assault doesn’t usually involve physical contact. It is defined as the act of attempting to commit an attack.

With that said, you need to make sure that your teen is able to control his anger, and he should be able to walk away from a fight to avoid facing possible legal charges.

Teaching Teens How To Walk Away From A Fight

  1. Learn how to assess situations and events. Your child should be able to recognize when a situation is likely to escalate into violence.
  2. Your child should learn how to stop what they are doing and count to ten. Doing so will help them reign their anger in before it gets out of control.
  3. Try to talk instead of fight. Teach your young adult to assess whether or not it will be helpful to talk. For example, if your teen finds himself in an argument, he can say “Hey buddy. I don’t want to fight and you don’t want this either. Let’s be reasonable and talk about it.”
  4. If possible, your teen should learn how to ignore insults and negative comments. He might hear his opponent call him a coward, weak, or other taunting things. Your teen should understand that these are just things that their opponent might say to try to rile him up. He should be able to recognize these taunts for what they are and don’t let it get to him.
  5. If your teenager was the one who did something wrong, he should be the better man and admit to it. He should take responsibility for something he has done wrong.