‘Chil­dren lack dis­ci­pline’ says Carey

Irish Examiner - - News - Sarah Slater

There is a ‘se­ri­ous lack of dis­ci­pline’ amongst chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to one of the coun­try’s hurl­ing greats, says Kilkenny’s DJ Carey.

There is a “se­ri­ous lack of dis­ci­pline” amongst chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to one of the coun­try’s hurl­ing greats.

Kilkenny’s five time Al­lIre­land Se­nior Hurl­ing ace DJ Carey, be­lieves a lot of the lack of dis­ci­pline is down to so­cial me­dia and has called on sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to get in­volved to help bring re­spect back to so­ci­ety.

“There is a se­ri­ous prob­lem out there when it comes to dis­ci­pline and it not only is af­fect­ing the game of hurl­ing, but I would say all sports are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it and it has well and truly crept in to ev­ery­day life and so­ci­ety as a whole.

“From my own point of view, I see it now that I’m train­ing. I can see there is lit­tle dis­ci­pline or re­spect for par­ents, train­ers and team mates and I do think it’s down, in some re­spect, to so­cial me­dia and what you can get away with on it.”

The fa­ther of two, who re­tired from com­pet­i­tive hurl­ing in 2006, re­vealed he is not on so­cial me­dia any longer and does not miss it be­cause of con­tin­ual name calling.

“Prior to so­cial me­dia, such as Face­book, Twit­ter, Snapchat, In­sta­gram etc, we were dis­ci­plined and rightly so by our par­ents, teach­ers, gar­daí and even the lo­cal priests but now chil­dren don’t seem to lis­ten to them any­more.

“This is due, in my opin­ion, to be­ing al­lowed to go onto so­cial me­dia, to cre­ate fake names and call any­one what they like, when they like and even go on to say hor­ri­ble nasty things about them.

“They feel it’s OK to for ex­am­ple, to vi­ciously knock a Taoiseach, a pres­i­dent, a sports per­son, or friends, and to be able to get away with it and now, un­for­tu­nately, this is seep­ing in to ev­ery as­pect of life. Any­one can take a rib­bing or some name calling but when it is con­tin­ual and gets nasty that is a step too far.

“If I was to knock any­one pub­licly when I was child, I would have been dis­ci­plined, but it doesn’t seem to hap­pen any more and you’ve got to ask, where has dis­ci­pline and author­ity dis­ap­peared to?”

The Gowran na­tive and suc­cess­ful GAA coach, 47, re­vealed an in­stance where his sport­ing author­ity was ques­tioned by a child in a not so nice man­ner. “Just the other day I was in­volved in some hurl­ing train­ing. I had given the kids slio­thars to use and at the end of the game I asked for them back.

“One child had a go at me for ask­ing for the ball back and so did the par­ent for ask­ing for it back. I mean the balls be­longed to our club and cost money so why shouldn’t I ask for it to be re­turned but I was seen as wrong to have done this.

“So you do have to ask your­self, where has dis­ci­pline and author­ity gone and I gen­uinely do think so­cial me­dia has and is cre­at­ing ques­tion­able at­ti­tudes.

“This is where I think sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the GAA need to play the dis­ci­pline game and bring back re­spect and some author­ity into so­ci­ety.”

The for­mer player said the dis­ci­pline of play­ing sport helps his sons Sean and Michael to show re­spect to author­ity in their daily lives.

DJ Carey: ‘Lit­tle dis­ci­pline or re­spect for par­ents, train­ers and team mates and I do think it’s down, in some re­spect, to so­cial me­dia’.

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