The buck stops with the parents
LAST Thursday we had another incident of youth violence in a school when Woodenbong Central School student Robbie Mills was beaten up in the playground and taken to hospital.
Talking to some of the youth counsellors in this region over the past few weeks I have heard of major concern youth violence and bullying, and its ongoing effects, are on the rise, even 'uncontrollable'.
The question we have to ask ourselves is why some of our kids are so angry and believe violence is the only answer.
There are so many stresses on kids today to perform and be on top of the pack.
From ongoing peer and parental pressure, to everything they see and hear in multi-media, kids are constantly under the gun to be something 'special'.
So much of what they see and hear revolves around violent ways to gain power and hold it to be successful in life. It is an issue parents need to look at seriously in the home.
And while parents feel just as pressured in today's society to be 'on top', it's time we got back to the basics of parenting.
Our kids need to grow up with high self-esteem and confidence in who they are so that they don't have to take their anger and frustrations out on others just to make themselves feel better.
Parents need to learn how to instil in their children a belief that they don't have to prove themselves and hide their emotions by being aggressive to anyone who is not like them.
The buck stops with the parents, and it is time we stopped expecting government organisations such as schools to parent our kids.