Children See the World as a Violent Place

December 11, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. violence [VAHY-uh-luh ns] (n.) – the act of using force to physically harm someone
Example: Children must not watch movies that show violence and brutality.

2. vulnerable [VUHL-ner-uh-buh l] (adj.) – can be easily hurt or harmed, either physically, mentally, or emotionally
Example: Poor children are vulnerable to sickness.

3. developing [dih-VEL-uh-ping] (adj.) – having many poor people with very few industries
ExampleDeveloping countries often need financial help from wealthy countries.

4. domestic abuse [duh-MES-tik uh-BYOOS] (n. phrase) – a behavior involving violence within one’s family
Example: He left his home due to domestic abuse and violence.

5. regard [ri-GAHRD] (n.) – one’s respect or concern for someone or something
Example: Parents have high regard for their children’s safety.


Read the text below.
A recent survey has revealed that children throughout the world are now aware of the violence happening in their respective countries.

The survey, entitled “Small Voices, Big Dreams,” was conducted by ChildFund Alliance.  The study involved around 6,500 children from 47 different countries. They are between 10 to 12 years old.

The survey focused on how children see violence, how they deal with bad people and what makes them feel vulnerable. It also asked children what makes them feel happy and safe.

Results revealed that children see their childhood as a period of fear and the world as a violent place. This result applies to both developed and developing countries, with some slight differences.

According to children in developing countries, poverty, social conflicts, and domestic abuse cause violence. On the other hand, children in developed countries said alcohol, drugs, and bad behavior are the roots of violence.

On another note, children in developing countries have high regard to education, as they have little to no access to it. They even consider teachers as their heroes. In developed countries, however, children surprisingly see their parents as heroes because they find safety and happiness when they are with their families.

All these results prove one thing—children are now well-aware that the world has become violent. Nonetheless, the survey showed that children still have a sense of hope. But, whether this hope will strengthen or weaken depends on adults, who children see as role models.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you agree that the world is now a violent place? Why or why not?
·         How do you think children’s view of the world can be changed?

Discussion B

·         How can violence be lessened or avoided?
·         What can a country’s government do to keep children safe from violence?


December 11, 2013