Nowadays, many parents believe that children could grow naturally ..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - National Child Day, which is commemorated on July 23, should serve as a momentum to comprehensively rectify and streamline the implementation of child protection in the country, stated Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

"Why should it be corrected comprehensively? Because everybody must be involved, particularly the parents," Minister Khofifah stated here, Thursday.

According to the minister, parents are responsible for rearing, educating, and guiding their children.

The existing child protection laws mention that child protection should be carried out by the community, families, and particularly, parents.

Parents are responsible for protecting their children socially, psychologically, spiritually, and intellectually.

"Nowadays, many parents believe that children could grow naturally, so there is no need for the process of parenting and rearing the child. Just take them to school, and it is done. We can count how many hours the children stay in school, and how many hours they spend at home either with parents or someone else," she pointed out.

Children spend less time at school than at home. Therefore, relying on the school alone would be wrong. The onus still lies with the parents first and then with other institutions, including the local administration, she noted.

The schools should be actively involved in the process of honing their students, as the teachers so far only focus on knowledge transfer, often overlooking the need to guide them on appropriate conduct.

Indonesias laws on child protection are quite progressive, but law enforcement is still weak, she affirmed.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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