Children stand up and fight for their rights with support of Kids' Dream

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 September, 2007, 12:00am

To promote children's welfare, a series of activities have been held by Kids' Dream.

Earlier this month, exhibition stalls and game booths were set up at a shopping mall in Lok Fu to raise public awareness of children's rights.

Set up last year, Kids' Dream mobilises young people in the community to lobby the government to involve children in policy-making.

At the Lok Fu event, which also marked the group's one-year anniversary, Kids' Dream announced the results of a survey it conducted in August about children's views on parenting methods. Parents were also polled on how they interact with their children.

A total of 760 parents and young people took part in the survey. Many young respondents said they felt humiliated by the way their parents treated them in public.

Unaware of the embarrassment that could be caused, some parents asked their children to try on new clothes in front of other shoppers.

Some children said their parents insulted them while disciplining them by calling them 'barbecued pork' (meaning imbecile) and 'useless'. Parents also tended to compare their children with other children and consider their children inferior.

'Many local parents like to compare the academic results of their children with that of others. To make things worse, they often do it in front of their children, which makes the children suffer from low self-esteem,' said Jerry Tam, 14.

'Instead of focusing on academic results, parents should take other talents into account,' said the Form Three student from Immaculate Heart of Mary College.

To draw more attention to the issue of parenting, Kids' Dream made a video which was shown at the event. The five-minute video included the voices of parents and children from different backgrounds.

'A Pakistani father explained how the authoritative parenting methods in his home country could adversely affect children,' said Evelyn Razack, child participation and development officer of the Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights, which was the event adviser. 'When scolding or disciplining their children, parents never intend to do any harm. But they are unaware of the long-term adverse effects their insulting remarks can have.'