Date: 12/9/2016, 9:00 am—4:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
In addition to random violent acts by strangers, researchers are now beginning to study common verbal and non-verbal aggressive behaviors that are performed by children against other children or adults in their own communities, e.g., children who are commonly bullied or victimized in verbally aggressive ways by older children as they walk to school, ride the school bus, or play in the park. Such acts are no longer considered innocent forms of play but as acts of community violence. They are now, however, becoming of great concern to parents, educators and community leaders and are being investigated as precursors to more serious instances of community violence. Children who witness community violence are likely to develop a view of the world that is hostile and dangerous. Many such children become anxious, fearful and withdrawn. They internalize their fears and develop a range of problems symptoms and behaviors. Others come to believe that violence is a justified way to resolve conflict.