What can be done to address problems created by youth?

Iuni Taeaoalii, 54, Lepa

The relationship between the parents and their children teaches the child a lot of lessons. There are a lot of problems occuring because of accessibility to mobile phones. Mobile phones are good but it depends on how you use it. The leadership in the villages is still good and they are looking after the youth in the village. Teachers at school should teach them what to do and not to do. Many kids come to stay in Apia and don’t go back to their families until the weekend. They should be with their families all the time because if a child grows up in a good environment then they will know how to be obedient and do good.

Feagiai Luatele, 64, Matatufu

Some kids are influenced by others when they are here in the town area, but if they are with their family they don’t show this type of behaviour. Some kids are like this because of drugs, beer and stuff like that. In the villages, if something like this happens they get penalised.

Talava Naur, 75, Tauese

We should look after ourselves and find ways that we can stay safe. Help should be given to the youth and people who know what to do should offer their assistance to the youth.

John Ponifasio Ioane, 23, Samatau

In the villages there are laws. In our village, the youth are not allowed to roam around at night, and they cannot drink alcohol together because this can create problems. My advice to the youth is to avoid temptation.

PJ Nikolao, 18, Iva

The youth that cause these problems should be penalised. Programmes should be taken to the village-level to teach the youth to help them show good behaviour and to follow the word of the Bible. These should be included in order to give them good life lessons.

Sikolasipi Valeni, 20, Iva

If the youth cause problems then they should be banned from the village so that they wouldn’t do things like that anymore. They should be penalised or they should be taken to prison so that they wouldn’t cause any more problems.

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