Kids ne­glected over hol­i­day may fall into bad habits

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

As the long hol­i­day in the school cal­en­dar sets in, we all agree this is not an or­di­nary va­ca­tion. It has come a lit­tle bit ear­lier and will ob­vi­ously be the long­est we’ve had in the re­cent past. The break also co­in­cides with the De­cem­ber fes­tive sea­son. This is the pe­riod when there’re many par­ties, wed­dings and other fes­tiv­i­ties. With lit­tle, if any, recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties avail­able for the school­child­ren, par­ents must be very alert. The gov­ern­ment too must be con­cerned. Youth-friendly cen­tres such as foot­ball pitches, swim­ming pools and other re­cre­ation cen­tres may only be ac­ces­si­ble to only a hand­ful of them, es­pe­cially those in ur­ban ar­eas. Young peo­ple are there­fore left to turn to their peers and the in­ter­net for in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment. Some of the on­line sites they visit may sim­ply con­trib­ute fur­ther to the al­ready de­te­ri­o­rated moral fab­ric.

VIN­CENT OGAYA Naya

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