29 per cent of all hate crimes are attributed to kids under the age of 18. Youth hate crimes is not a new problem, but one which seems to be enveloping the American youth at a rapid speed. While parenting has a large part to play in how a child’s worldview develops, it is important to understand that the story doesn’t end there. The environment that we provide kids these days ensures that they act or react in a given manner. Kids who are able to find themselves in better environments at school, within the community, and at home, have a much smaller chance of turning into delinquents or resorting to hate crime.
What we need right now is a collection of strategies and steps that can be implemented to rectify the harmful situation. If teens are helped through timely interventions then their futures could be much brighter than the jail cells they are sure to land into if they find no help. A basic problem that causes a lot of trouble is the absence of a parent.
While there’s no easy remedy, and no real way to make up for the gap that a missing parent creates. Kids, that often act out, end up in dire situations because they’re overcompensating for something or someone. It’s important that single parents take a more proactive approach to their parenting techniques, but it’s also just as important to teach the importance of tolerance and acceptance to teens.
Have a look at the statistics and information within our infographic to find out more about youth hate crimes. It’s important to get a better idea of what hate crimes are more prevalent before we can actually about making the situation better for teens. You can’t help a teen if you don’t know what their problem is.