Well put Croddie, I agree with you, and at the end of the day the solution that works for one individual wont work for another, which is where the parents come into it, the parent have to to raise that child not to be a sadistic arsehole. Its a job, and if they arent up to it then they shouldnt allowed to have the job of raising kids.
Yes parenting is very important but:
-There are other factors too and if the culture is bad (e.g. media for middle classes, deprived neighbourhoods, even gangs lower down) children may not turn out well even with good parenting.
-Taking children away from parents is not a very nice solution and you have to have a way of bringing them up well away from their parents.
-Even if parenting is bad, other factors are still important and being able to blame parents shouldn't stop us from making use of them to make children grow up better.
Millions and millions of kids play 18 rated games, watch 18 rated movies, and look at whatever they want on the net, but very few people turn out really bad, which proves the point that watching sex and violence dont automatically make you bad.
Oh I think many people do turn out really bad. Whole cultures can turn bad. Perhaps you have been inured to this by sex and violence in movies!
(But if you mean becoming hardened criminals then yes you are right.)
To a certain extent too much censorship is bad, all of those kids who have been isolated form real life tend to have a bit of a shock when real life catches up with them.
And being is shocked is bad is it?
Is it never an appropriate reaction to be shocked?
Are criminals likely to be easily shocked?
Likewise kids who are allowed to do whatever they want whenever they want are far more likely to turn out bad because their life is ruleless and uncontrolled, but this doesnt mean that they are guarunteed to become a bad person.
Oh yes you can never find a cause that is 100% effective. We can only look at likelihoods when asking what causes criminal behaviour just like almost anything else one can think of.
As I said its the individual thats really important, if someone is going to turn out to be a sadistic arsehole, chances are they would become sadistic whatever their upbringing.
Oh but that is not true. What about for example... the importance of parenting? That takes us full circle doesn't it?
I think all of this is more interesting that talking about popular political causes which are bound to be simplistic and even stupid.