Build it and they will run free

Monday July 15, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

A proverb says idle hands are the devils tools. When kids have nothing to do they are more likely to get into trouble. 

 

Iceland used to have serious drug/drinking teenage problems; now drinking has dropped from 42 per cent to 7 per cent, they have engaged and active teenagers. 

We could be building the Constitution park to have a skate park, small bike jumps, climbing walls, obstacle courses, basketball hoops, tennis wall, areas to sit and play chess or board games.  Village meeting houses could run youth nights with pool tables and darts, dance classes, hip hop, parkour, we need to give our youth fun and challenges.

We can help by lobbying for a change in drinking age from 18 to 20, not allow children aged 13 to 16 out alone after 10pm in winter, 12 midnight in summer.  Parents need to be held accountable as well, to spend time with youth, not allow unsupervised parties, and not supply or buy underage minors alcohol or other.

A village grows a child and we need all to be involved.

The Iceland government give each family $250 towards doing activities together, it is working.  If our government put their $700,000 wage rise to solving the problem, we too could eliminate the problem.

Ruta Tangiiau  

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