Minister with Responsibility for Sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, is encouraging parents to be more involved in safeguarding their children’s welfare.
This, in order to preserve their growth and development, by preventing them from deviating towards behavioural traits deemed unhealthy.
“We have to guide our children with values that we want (them) to hold on to,” she told participants attending a recent parenting workshop, hosted by the Sligoville Police Youth Club, at the James Mountain Community Centre, in North Central St Catherine.
Neita-Headley, who is Member of Parliament for the constituency, said parental guidance of children’s behaviour involves monitoring their attire to ensure they are appropriately dressed for public engagements, as also the quality of audio, visual, and literary material they are exposed to.
“You have to ensure that you guide your children in the right way. If you don’t then you will have no one to blame, but yourselves, if they should run afoul of the law, consequent on undesirable traits they resort to),” she underscored.
The workshop was organised to explore conflict resolution, the nurturing of children, and educational issues.
Key stakeholder organisations participating, included; the Social Development Commission (SDC); United for Change; Men with a Message; and Peace and Love in Society (PALS), among other groups.
Sligoville Police Youth Club Director, Constable Damein Haye, said the event is among several initiatives that the organisation will be staging as part of interventions to reduce the incidence of crime in the community, while exploring avenues through which persons can be equipped with essential social skills.