Why the Environments with the Children?
The environment is a concept that is so familiar to us. It is used in many different things especially in the diverse fields of knowledge that exist in our world today. In psychology and medicine, a person’s environment is the people, physical things, places and events that the person is exposed to and lives with. In astronomy, galactic environment refers to the conditions between the stars. Likewise in other fields like engineering, environment has its own relevant definitions and perceptions. However, in a more general sense, an environment would be regarded as the totality of what is around something or someone. There are different types of environment- biological, physical, built, historical etc. The environment in concerned in this article is the social environment.
Social environment is the culture that an individual lives in, and the people and institutions with whom they interact. It could also be referred to as the immediate physical and social settings in which people live or in which something happens or develops. Three key elements could be observed in the statement above; culture, people and institutions. Culture is the distinct ways that people, who live differently, classified and represented their experiences, and acted creatively ( as seen in American Anthropology definition). On other hand, Hoebel describes it as an integrated system of learned behavioral patterns which are characteristic of the members of a society and which are not a result of biological inheritance*. The interaction with these key elements, no doubt, provides conditions for development, and growth, as well as danger and damage. Their overwhelming effects on the person’s acquisition of personal values and behavioral patterns cannot be overemphasized. They affect the person’s mind which is the engine room that originates and coordinates behaviors. This made us largely a product of the circumstances around us. Of certainty, the quality of people a person is surrounded by will determine the way they choose to meet the needs of whatever nature placed on them. Also, the institutions’ promotional values affect the orientation of an individual. This calls for the reason why children should be safe-guarded to ensure exposure to adequate culture, people and institutions.
The environment wherein we dwell is defective. It is being saturated with cultures of substance misuse, harassments of residents and other people, cheat, hooliganism, and other anti-social agents. The readily existence of immoral people, charting the course of craving for inadequate self-satisfaction, and the evils, without mentioning, the discourse on societal matters would not be complete and acceptable, is a further proof. The morally-mistaken institutions, strategically established all around, are devouted to promoting these defects. They are making their impacts too! Surely, the three elements are corrupt. And they are well established agents in corrupting reasoning animals. The children exposed to them, as raw as they are, will adopt values detrimental to their developments. The parents that are immoral and full of vices will not bother on the impact of these environmental factors on their children much less of nurturing them against the anti-social agents.
As a call for resemblance, the elements of culture, people and institutions will remain with their unkind natures. The parents’ core duty is to isolate their children from their grips. Great care is needed in doing this. It is needful to ensure that a balance is created so that the children do not become an Island. This may take a dimension of exposing the children to people with appropriate culture of belief, learning and behaviors. It may involve attaching them to a healthy academic environment, play groups of the same age and those of slightly above of whom behaviors could be guaranteed godly and influential. A change of environment is also not a bad idea when at extreme situation. In furtherance to this, (as a conclusion) where applicable, efforts should be made to let the children understand such intervention and the reasons behind it. Don’t underestimate children’s ability to learn and understand something.
*Hoebel, Adamson, Anthropology: Study of Man