PARENTS in Lautoka were yesterday warned against using their children to sell food items and beg for money, especially during the school holidays.
Speaking at a counselling and briefing session at the Bayly Welfare Clinic, Fiji Police Force's Juvenile Bureau for the Western Division head Corporal Meciusela Bilo told those present that the practice was child labour and they would keep an eye out on such instances.
"Kids are also not supposed to come to the streets and beg, the police will take them in if found," he said.
The youngsters were also warned about the negative impacts of mobile phone and social media use.
"There are children, especially girls aged 10, 11 and 12 using mobile phones, and can be easily trapped by the opposite sex. If you need to use the internet for school projects, do so and don't access other sites."