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“Internet Banging” – Co-opting Social Media for Gang-Related Violent Activities

etsaia Blog Posts, HBHE 680 30 Comments

Despite a myriad of preventative strategies ranging from increased police presence to community-based youth interventions, gang membership has continued to rise in the United States. This is an obvious concern as gangs and gang-related activities contribute significantly to violent crime rates (accounting for 48% of the total crime rate). While some attempts have indeed proved to be successful in curbing …

Hollywood’s Unapologetic Portrayal of Gun Violence

kdlypen Blog Posts, HBHE 680 53 Comments

During a recent trip to the movie theater to see Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie ‘Django Unchained’ I felt rather unsettled to see two young parents sitting in front of me accompanied by a young boy who was barely ten years old. In classic Tarantino fashion the controversial film became a glorified blood bath as its characters wielded guns, fought violently …

Can Employment Opportunities Reduce Youth Gang Violence?

schiffla Blog Posts, HBHE 680 76 Comments

As a young adult, whenever I see a news article or a new study surface about youth gang violence, I always become curious about the factors that influence a youth’s involvement in this area of violence. I think this curiosity arises from the fact that I have never directly been exposed to gang violence. However, it’s apparent that youth gang …

Preventative Policing

Matan Blog Posts, HBHE 680 3 Comments

After noticing a sharp increase in robberies in Brownsville, a New York City neighborhood with many public housing developments, New York City Police Department Housing Bureau Chief Joanne Jaffe first tried to increase conventional policing strategies. However, by early 2007 Chief Jaffe had begun to think of new ideas for police interventions in the neighborhood. Chief Jaffe had decided to …

Like My Suicide Status

dwholman Blog Posts, HBHE 680 6 Comments

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, social networking websites are the most common activities for today’s youth. So many teenagers and young adults are on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posting intimate parts of their lives for all of the friends to see. From pictures of the night before or written updates, social networks serve …

Social Justice Forum on Gun Control & Violence

schaubn Blog Posts, HBHE 680 2 Comments

This past Friday, I attended a forum with a focus on gun control, gun violence, and social justice solutions. As a brief introduction, the speakers at this event were: Dr. Desmond Patton – his “research is broadly focused on urban African American male development and identity. He is specifically interested in the mechanisms and processes underlying how African American adolescent …

Digital Fantasy No More?

akief Blog Posts, HBHE 680 4 Comments

Is there a link between violent video game playing and violence in real-life? This question has been around for quite some time, but as a result of recent gun related violence, it is taking center stage again.  This past week, an article was published in the New York Times titled “Shooting in the Dark.” This article highlights the complexities that …

Television and Aggressive Behavior

rstloui Blog Posts, HBHE 680 2 Comments

Two studies published this week in the journal Pediatrics shed light on television consumption and its effect on aggressive behavior and criminal activity in children and young adults. Researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand found the more television children watched, the more likely they were to have a criminal conviction, a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder and more …