Where has the respect gone
AS THE mother of 10-year-old twins, Christine Linwood could never imagine her own children being involved in a sickening attack like that on a Mount Morgan pensioner earlier this week.
"I am just shocked and absolutely horrified,'' Mrs Linwood told The Observer.
"My 10-year-olds are just little boys. They would never be capable of such evil.''
Yesterday's revelation that police had questioned two 10-year-old boys in relation to the incident and charged two 15-year-olds and an 18-year-old, had Gladstone parents in shock.
Mrs Linwood and her husband Brian, who also have a son, 13, said the bashing highlighted the need for parents to be ever-vigilant about their children's whereabouts.
They said they believed a lack of boundaries and respect for their peers were to blame for escalating violence among youths.
"We are by no means perfect parents, but we have boundaries for our children and they know what they are,'' Mr Linwood said.
"They know there are consequences for their actions if they do not stay within those boundaries.
"Sure they like to question things but that is a normal part of growing up,'' he said.
"We sit down and negotiate issues and explain why they cannot do some of the things they would like.''
Mrs Linwood said even though she and her husband were busy working parents, they always made time for their kids.
"If you want their respect then you have to listen to them, take an interest in their lives and provide a good role model for them.''
Family support officer Adam Snailham from Roseberry Youth Services said self-esteem remained a concerning issue with youths from all walks of life.
"Building self-esteem and helping them understand that there are alternatives to violence is the key,'' he said.
"We help them recognise how they feeling and how to deal with certain reactions so they can act appropriately instead of taking their problems out on others.
"They also need to be shown how their appropriate behaviour can help achieve goals and respect in return.