Self-de­fence for boys, too

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I ap­plaud the work that teacher Jan Beth has done teach­ing self­de­fence to girls in Porirua schools (July 23).

She has now passed this on to Taniya Smith, which is great.

I ben­e­fited from such teach­ings at high school.

How­ever, as a mother of three young boys, two of pri­mary school age, I be­lieve the time has come for boys to be in­cluded as well.

Sadly there are many preda­tors who equally prey on young boys.

My boys are gen­tle and kind and, like some of their fe­male coun­ter­parts, don’t dis­play high lev­els of self-es­teem and could greatly ben­e­fit from be­ing taught self-de­fence.

Though I have taught my chil­dren what to do in un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tions, it would be great if they could learn this at school, es­pe­cially when I see the in­flu­ence that school has on other ar­eas of their learn­ing.

I want my boys to con­tinue to be gen­tle and kind, re­vere women and for the most part walk away from fights, much of which is re­in­forced to them at school, but I also want them to feel em­pow­ered and ‘‘al­lowed’’ to have voice to fight back when they need it most.

It is com­mend­able that we teach our boys to re­spect women and in most cases not fight back, but I’m dis­ap­pointed that with our young boys they are not taught to dif­fer­en­ti­ate when they should, and can have a voice and ag­gres­sively de­fend them­selves, as their fe­male class­mates are en­cour­aged to do.

Un­for­tu­nately this is not a male/fe­male is­sue.

This is a pro­tect-our-young peo­ple is­sue.

All of them.

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