Abena Durowaa Mensah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North has called on Parliament as a matter of urgency to come-up with pragmatic measures to help forestall the wayward behaviour of the youth.
According to her, parents, teachers, chiefs, the clergy and government as a whole have a huge responsibility to protect the society especially the youth from these social vices.
Ms Durowaa Mensah made the assertion at Parliament when she presented a statement on the wayward behaviour and habits of the youth in the country.
She said the social media is also playing a significant role in the waywardness of the youth adding that instead of them harnessing the huge potentials of social media for their development they rather learnt the negative aspects of western culture on WhatsApp, twitter, facebook and others.
She said the Children’s Act enacted by Parliament frowned upon such acts by the youth and the law if enforced would bring irresponsible parents to book.
Ms Durowaa Mensah also stated that children formed their behavioural and cognitive skills at their tender age which impacted on their habits and called on parents to train them well to desist from exhibiting negative behaviours and practices in the presence of their children.
She said parents should be interested in all activities of their children, the kind of friends they make, their friends’ families and where they lived and the kind of TV programmes they watched among others.
“Closer supervision is very much a remedy in this regard to help monitor and correct such negative behaviours identified in the youth especially in their early formative years” she added.
Ms Durowaa Mensah further urged parents to instil confidence and trust in their wards to let them open up whenever they were faced with problems of any kind.
She said their behaviours could be checked by organising training programmes for the various youth groups and by encouraging a lot more of the youth to participate in church or religious activities.
She said etiquettes and proper training should also be included in the educational curricular to help minimise the incidence of youth misbehavior.
Dr Clement Apaak, MP for Builsa South in his contribution on the statement urged parents to inculcate in their children the family values by letting them dress properly which he said would go a long way to address some of the challenges and called on the civil society to take up the challenges of the wayward behaviour of the youth.
Mrs Nana Akua Owusu Afriyie, MP for Ablekuma North in her contribution was appalled by the dressing of some of the young ladies in society which she said was not appropriate.
She said another canker destroying the youth was the craze to get rich overnight leading them to vices like internet fraud and called for the teaching of etiquette in various schools and that parents should also attend programmes concerning their wards.