You Can’t Touch Me – I know my rights !
An article byAn article byIris JensenIris Jensen
How often these do we hear the above phrase, (or something similar) from today’schildren and young people, both girls and boys, in a wide variety of circumstances? Itmight be from youngsters vandalising the environment, attempting to shop lift, beingphysically or verbally aggressive, or committing any of the numerous acts that areoffensive to those around. On being reprimanded, that is the standard response and if anadult attempts physical restraint, it is the adult who will be at fault, not only in the eyesof the youngster concerned, but almost certainly in the eyes of the Police or SocialServices.What of a child or young person who is misbehaving at home and is becoming totallybeyond the control of its parents. If the parent threatens any form of sanction, such asstopping pocket money, removal of privileges or even reasonable physical punishment,the response is much the same. However, in such instances, the child will probablythreaten to phone Social Services or a Child Help Line and parents are all too aware thatthese days, this is no idle threat and the result can be the break up of the entire family. This is a far cry from the attitude of youngsters some twenty or thirty years ago.Vandalism, theft, disruptive behaviour in the home and in schools occurred; youngsterscould be rude and aggressive but they accepted that if reasonable discipline wasimposed, it would be upheld. Parents and teachers may have sometimes despaired orfelt frustrated trying to cope with unruly youngsters in their care but they did not expectto be reprimanded or suspended, or to face disciplinary charges which could lead to aCourt Appearance, simply for imposing fair discipline or the reasonable sanctions whichwere acceptable at the time. This is, of course, a simplistic view of the period, but it isbasically accurate. There have always been some bullying parents, teachers and carers, just as there have always been some violent and aggressive children who could not becontrolled by normal methods of restraint and who were in need of special care.What is certain however, is that the attitudes, if not the behaviour of youngsters haschanged, as has that of society in general. It would now appear that the youngergeneration impose the rules which are carried out by the Police, acting under theconstraints of the so-called “Child Protection Industry”. What is even more concerning isthat the men making false historic accusations have “jumped on this bandwagon”. Theyare no longer children but portray themselves as such, and are accepted as such by the judicial system. They use society’s current overprotective attitude towards children,
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