Andrew Smith <[log in to unmask]>
> Nowadays, Shaun, an adult who talks to children whom they do not know is
> regarded with extreme suspicion.
> I do not agree with this at all, but with the present attitude of stranger
> paedophile what else can one do except ignore them unless they are
> accompanied by another adult. The pendulum has , IMHO, swung too far, and
> makes life extremely difficult for both teachers, parents and voluntary
> youth workers (I am in Scouting).
> I was very interested to be told a few years ago by a Nigerian visitor
> at home he would be criticised for *Not* correcting any child seen
> misbehaving in a public place. Apparently there all adults take
> responsibility for all children.
> Here, as I was, often told by my father, one cannot blame the children -
> children are out of line , you can only blame the parents.
> Not all kids are loud all of the time, if they have been raised properly,
> and a certain amount of discipline applied with love, is I believe very
I wonder too if the punishment pendulum has also swung too far ?
I remember being caned at school when I was eight (1948) for persistently
playing in the chuchyard, (it was the only wilderness for miles). My father,
though he never resorted to physical punishment, pointed out to me that
outside the home, the teacher had much authority over me as he did. There
was certainly a great deal more respect amongst children for adult authorty
in general in those days.But whether it was linked to capital punshment in
schools is a bit OT for this list :)
I suspect the paedophile issue is seriously over-amplified by the media. It
would be intersting to compare the stats of kids accidentally injured/killed
due to lack of parental care compared with the numbers affected by