Neuroscience has progressed significantly in the last decade. Scientists now claim that they can predict a tendency towards crime by studying brains of children aged as young as 3. While external factors influence a child's immediate reaction, the qualities one is born with might finally decide one’s character. But whether it is always the case remains to be seen.
There are several instances where a child might not take after the parents. A child born to a criminal may be a morally righteous person. A child born to good parents may get involved in unlawful activities. Hence one might say that it is the way our brain is made-up that decides the character and not the way we are brought up. There might however be equally strong points to prove that this might not be the right approach.
The question is, can children be stopped from becoming criminals? If it has been detected the child is inclined towards crime, the most parents can do is ensure they receive the right kind of nurturing. The child may be taught the importance of moral values, and the consequences of breaking the law. Beyond these, there is little under parents’ or anyone else's control.
While science might be able to determine the likelihood of a certain event, that likelihood cannot be taken as certainty. There are too many variables that cannot be accounted for. Irrespective, Parents should do all they can to ensure good upbringing.