Moral values focus

AOG women attend the Women's Fellowship Rally for the Macuata Division last week. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

INCULCATING moral values in children at the age of 10 to 12 years is a little too late as they begin to embrace their external environment at this stage, says North divisional manager community policing Assistant Superintendent of Police, Daiana Taqiri.

ASP Taqiri told women at the Assemblies of God Women’s Fellowship Rally for the Macuata Division last week that children needed to be taught moral values at a tender age.

She said at the ages of 10 to 12 years, children were too busy absorbing their external environment to concentrate on the teachings from their homes. “If you need to inculcate values into your children, do so at a tender age when they can still be easily moulded,” she said.

People are now using corporal punishment to teach children because they are at an age when they should be embracing the world outside their homes.

“Many parents are mistaken by the practice of teaching their children at an older age, thinking that is the best time.

“Studies show that the best time to teach the young ones is at their tender age, a stage of their life when they are still trying to make sense of the big world and what was wrong and right.”

ASP Taqiri also reminded mothers at the meeting that boys above the age of 10 could now be formally charged for offences. “Therefore, as parents, do not be surprised if your child is implicated for an offence at this age,” she said.

“Parent’s must also know that under the law, children under the age of 13 cannot indulge in sexual activity as it is illegal. Therefore, teach your children these facts before it is too late.”