Juvenile crimes happen for a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is very simple: Young people are just bored. They do not have anything to do -- especially during the summer months, when they're not in school -- and so they wind up getting involved in criminal activity.
Bullying among children and young people has been a problem forever. Parents often spend time trying to teach their children how to stand up to bullies and deal with these issues at school.
For a teenager, an arrest for relatively serious charges can derail an otherwise promising future. After all, studies have indicated that teen who are put behind bars actually have higher odds of being arrested and jailed again after they become adults.
If you're a parent, one of the worst phone calls you can get is one telling you that your child has been picked up by the police. Suddenly, his or her fate is out of your control. Everything is in the hands of the state and you aren't sure what is going to happen next or what you can do to protect your child.
High school students often think they have a firm grasp of the world; however, they don't always make the best decisions.
Parents always dread getting that call from the principle saying their child was cutting class or arguing with another student in the hallway. When the call came to two parents in Secaucus, though, it was far more serious than that.
Kids may think that their lockers at school are their private property, but they aren't. They belong to the school. Courts have ruled that when they are in school, young people can't reasonably expect privacy. Therefore, it's not a violation of their constitutional rights to subject them to random searches. The same is true even for students' backpacks.
It can be a nightmare for parents when they receive a call that their child has been arrested. What should you do?
Over the last few years, the word "sexting" has found its way into the news more often. In addition to the many celebrities who have been tied to sexting, this happens in "every day" life as well.
It's easy to believe that your teen will never do anything wrong. It's just as easy to hope that he or she knows right from wrong, as to make the best decisions at all times.