Saturday, October 16, 2010

I'm Against Mistreating Children - Are You?

Hey, you! Stop right there.

What, in your opinion, constitutes child abuse?
Is it slapping a child around?
Kicking a child?
What about neglecting said child?

Many people are unaware of what constitutes 'abuse'. It's not always physical. Abuse can be mental as well. A child who is emotionally neglected and constantly put down could grow up severely affected by this form of abuse, just as a physically abused child can. So you can't just feed your kid three meals a day and ignore him the rest of the day and then say "Oh, I'm an AWESOME parent!" cos you're not. You're abusing your child.
Obviously, if you're rotaning your kid until the feller passes out, then you should just go turn yourself in to the cops cos as a parent you suck major balls, and if you think otherwise, you're delusional or just sadistic.

Children have basic rights, too.
And while it is always assumed 
"haiyaaa of course the parents will jaga the kid riggghtttt... their own child, they'll take care properly la",
it's not always true!
The Convention on the Rights of the Child have 54 articles and 2 Optional Protocols that detail childrens' rights: in summary, the rights include "the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.", and the four core principles of the CRC are "non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child" (all quotes taken from here).

I don't know if you already know, but unicef is running a Get On Board campaign to get 100,000 supporters to stop child abuse in Malaysia. Each supporter is encouraged to support and promote this anti-child abuse campaign in their own way.. I've gotten on board, will you join me there?

Don't they deserve your support?

For more details, visit their site here!