Left-be­hind chil­dren need help

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Comment on “Care for kids left be­hind” (China Daily, Aug 12)

I was a bit shocked to learn from the edi­to­rial that 22 per­cent of China’s chil­dren are “left be­hind” in the coun­try­side by their par­ents who gen­er­ally mi­grate to ur­ban ar­eas in search of bet­ter liveli­hoods. That means more than two in 10 chil­dren in the coun­try are liv­ing with­out a proper guardian.

From what I know, a child’s men­tal health, which usu­ally de­vel­ops be­fore the age of 14, faces more risks than his/her phys­i­cal health if he/she is de­nied the guid­ance of a par­ent or proper guardian. Also, chil­dren from sin­gle-par­ent fam­i­lies are more likely to suf­fer from men­tal ill­nesses, such as autism, and be­hav­ioral, speech and lan­guage dis­or­ders, than those who live with both par­ents.

Ac­cord­ing to econ­o­mist Stephen J. Dub­ner’s the­ory, chil­dren from un­der­priv­i­leged house­holds are more prone to com­mit­ting crimes af­ter grow­ing up be­cause they lack proper ed­u­ca­tion and there­fore job op­por­tu­ni­ties. As­sum­ing that most of the chil­dren left be­hind by their “mi­grant worker” par­ents come from more or less the same poor-fam­ily back­ground, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the en­tire so­ci­ety to help en­sure that they re­ceive proper ed­u­ca­tion and grow up as men­tally and phys­i­cally sound adults. Read­ers’ com­ments are wel­come. Please send your e-mail to opin­ion@chi­nadaily.com.cn or let­ters@ chi­nadaily.com.cn or to the in­di­vid­ual columnists. China Daily re­serves the right to edit all let­ters. Thank you. The opin­ions ex­pressed on this page do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect those of China Daily.

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