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Time to chip our children?

OUT OF CONTROL: A group of young people damage a local shop

I HAVE come to the realisation that sometimes, children are good for nothing. If the riots of recent days have proved anything, it is that sometimes, certain children will cause damage and destruction, simply because they can.

One possible solution? Microchipping these children to keep them in check.

I have a 15-year-old nephew. He is an only child; the first grandson and great-grandson of the family. All of his life, he got whatever he wanted, he has gone to the best schools in the country, and has been the idol of my sister's life. He has five aunties, four uncles and at times, has been very spoilt.

Until last year, I was very proud to call him my nephew. But in the last three months, he has changed into a person that I do not like at all, although I still love him dearly.

I can only describe him, mildly, as a teenage punk, who knows everything and cares about nothing. The expression ‘rebel without a cause’ would aptly describe him – if he had half a brain to know what a rebel was.

He has started smoking, bunking off school, stealing and lying about everything, and the worse thing is, he has no idea why.


THE ANSWER?: Should this microchip be inserted into children to keep them in check

Although my sister is considered a single parent, she was never alone because we are very close family. She worked very hard to be able to send him to private school and take him on three holidays a year. She has given everything to her son.

We always disciplined him, and I admit, I was always harder on him than his mother and father. When he tried to push the boundaries, I would push back even harder. But along with the discipline, myself and my siblings also spoiled him and I think this was part of the problem.

We all had a hand in raising him. We all went to parents’ evenings and school performances, took him to his tutors and helped him with his homework. We all showed him immense love and support – but somewhere along the way, it went wrong.

Lately, his favorite pass time is running away from home. If he is told to do the dishes, he runs away; forced to do his homework, he runs away; and as soon as the police bring him back, he runs away again, because he does not “want to be told what to do.”

His running away is almost a daily occurrence and trying to get him to see the damaging possibilities of his actions is a futile exercise. His behavior has already seen him branded as a liar who cannot be trusted to go to school alone or come home when he is told to.

Every other day, we are searching the streets of London because he does not come home from school and then leisurely strolls in at midnight, wanting dinner.

One personal consequence of this situation is that I finally understand why some people choose to chip their kids. It is something I certainly will do if I have children. In chipping children, the lure of running away would instantly be removed because parents would be able to easily locate them.

I know there is a morally dubious side to inserting an electronic chip in a child, but I think the negative consequences are greatly outweighed by one big positive: knowing where your child is at all times.

Of course, the chip would not eradicate the destruction and bad behavior that many children feel is their fundamental right to express at the moment. But knowing where they are goes a long way to getting them off the streets.

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