Big pocket money spend poses risk for young school pupils

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

RE­CENT raids at high schools have dis­cov­ered that chil­dren are car­ry­ing alarm­ingly high sums of spend­ing money to school and Richards Bay po­lice fear this may pose a po­ten­tial risk for chil­dren to be lured into il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties such as al­co­hol and drug abuse.

While the school raids fo­cus on search­ing for drugs or weapons in schools, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Cap­tain Deb­bie Fer­reira said dur­ing re­cent vis­its no il­le­gal items were con­fis­cated or re­cov­ered but they found chil­dren car­ry­ing much cash.

‘In some in­stances the chil­dren were not us­ing their al­lo­cated amount per day and by the end of the week had a large sum of ‘ex­tra pocket money’, which we do not want them to spend ex­per­i­ment­ing with il­le­gal sub­stances or ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘We un­der­stand that chil­dren also re­ceive cash for trav­el­ling ex­penses and other recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, but we urge par­ents to mon­i­tor their chil­dren’s spend­ing.

‘This is not an on­slaught or at­tack, we ac­knowl­edge that in most house­holds both par­ents work and chil­dren re­ceive cash for lunches but we want par­ents to be aware of the risk of giv­ing their chil­dren too much money.

‘We have a drug cri­sis that is rag­ing through our com­mu­ni­ties and we do not want chil­dren to fall into the trap of drugs or other il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties be­cause they have sur­plus money on hand.

‘We do high­light these con­cerns dur­ing our aware­ness talks in schools and the com­mu­nity but we need to cre­ate plat­forms to reach the par­ents and dis­cuss this chal­lenge with them,’ said Fer­reira.

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