Is your child involved in anti-social behaviour?
Nobody likes to think that their child is a nuisance in the community. But it does happen and it may be a sign of some deeper trouble.
Does your child:
- avoid you?
- stay out later and later without permission? - do you know where they are going and who with?
- spend time with people you know nothing about?
- attract unwanted attention?
- attract complaints from other people?
A child might often behave badly because:
- they are experiencing problems at home or at school
- they are mixing with the wrong crowd
- they are upset about something
- they are getting involved with drugs or alcohol
- they feel negative about their future prospects
- no-one has told them to stop
Whatever the reasons it's important to think about who's on the receiving end. Anti-social behaviour can make the victim feel:
Anti-social behaviour could also get your child into trouble and can have an effect on their future. So it is important that something is done to stop it from happening before your child gets into trouble, or the situation becomes worse.
According to the government's Every Child Matters green paper, every child should:
- be healthy
- stay safe
- enjoy and achieve
- make a positive contribution
- achieve economic well-being
These are broad aspirations, but if you think your child is not able to fulfil them, there may be ways you can improve their situation and stop their anti-social behaviour. Visit the Department for children, schools and families website,Every Child Matters
What can you do?
Here are some things you can try:
- Set a good example; you should be their main role model.
- Ensure a peaceful home life; if your child sees swearing, shouting and violent behaviour they may use this too.
- Talk to your child about their fears, hopes and aspirations.
- Try not to judge them - you grew up in a different world.
- Praise your child's achievements.
- Get involved - find out who their friends are.
- Try to help out with homework where you can.
- Set consistent boundaries for them.