Street children anywhere. Who's to blame? Their Parents or the Goverment?

Street Children - Street children..
Philippines
October 2, 2008 9:06pm CST
I've seen a lot of street children anywhere. I can't help wondering why do they need to be like that. Being one of those street children, begging for some money or for some foods. I know all of them has a family, a mother and a father. But why do they need to do that? What are their parents doing? Why can't they support them and give them a decent life. For a child as young as three years old, whose in the street, that's too dangerous and that's really a life threatening. I don't know who's to blame? Is it the government of their parents? What's your views about that?
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16 responses
@juliefaye (1215)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
It should be the parents. Their mortal sin is to make babies that they cannot support. We all know that those who cannot afford to give a decent life to a human being are those who has a dozen children and is multiplying. Some children do odd jobs to have something to eat or to support the family and is out of school. Some mother uses their toddler to beg in the streets, and how i remember the pitiful sight when i was going down the stairs of LRT in Tayuman where i saw a new born baby probably a week old lying in the pavement with a small can beside him where passersby can drop coins. I hate his parents, they are more than an animal who uses him for a living. The government are partially to be blamed because they have no clear program for the poor. But in totality, parents are to be blamed why those children beg in the streets.
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• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Yes that is one of the reason why I think the parents should be the first one to blame. Why they keep on having children though they know that they don't have the capability to give them a decent life. Just one or two children is enough. I think they can handle them well enough. Not those five to twelve children gosh..
@jammyt (2825)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Yes, we can blame the parents. I really hate it when they let their children beg out on the streets even during bad weather! Specially when I see that the parents are up and about and can do work. I also blame the government. In our country,they can't solve this problem and it's been there all the time. They should have a program to keep these children and their parents off the streets.
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Like you I can't help myself blaming the parents of those street children. I know that before any other people, parents should be the first one to protect and to take good care of their children. In any way they should give the best to their children. But the Government must still do their part to help the parents as well.
@mapi26 (549)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
i would say both. let me enumerate my point of view.. i blame the government for being ill. look at those politicians who fight & endlessly shout in the congress with their points of view regarding the pork barrel, budget, cha-cha, impeachment blah blah blah. have they thought of making our lives improve im general? i mean instead of fighting those stuff they should be working their *ss off getting those jobless parents to have work. work on how they can get those street children off to class rooms. & blah blah blah. alhotugh yes it is difficult to be a public servant but i think they're no longer serving the public! i blame the parents for not striving for their own families. i blame them for not taking care of their children. i blame them for making more kids & not making money for their kids. yes we have scarcity of job but then that should not be a hindrance for us to forget the well being of our own children. i blame both the government & the parents for not doing what they're supposed to do.
@mhae15 (744)
• Philippines
5 Oct 08
Hi there warrior! Yes it's true I also notice that. And I think both parents and the government shall be blame for that. If they are responsible parents, before they getting married they also ensure first that they can support a family and they plan how many children they can have based on their earnings. And the government shall help the family the guidance that they need in order to have a good family because family is the basic unit of the community. And some syndicate use street children for their bad business and with this issue both parents and government are concern. Thank you! Happy mylotting....
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
4 Oct 08
That is heartbreaking to see 3 years old on the street? Too dangerous, where are the parents at ? I don't know who could be blame, but if I was a parent and I knew I could not afford to raise my child. I will not get pregnant
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Let us not always blame the government on this problem. Parents have the foremost responsibility on their children and being poor is not always an excuse.
@amlegend (945)
• Pakistan
3 Oct 08
i think that both the government and the people are responsible for it. the parents have made it a profession and they don't want to quit it and so they use their child and make them a source of income as well. and the government well we all know they have many other things to look at and they just want to make the rich more richer and who care for the poor. it is up to us to make a joint effort to remove this menace from our societies and move towards a more satisfied and tolerant one.
@animeniak (425)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Blame the parents for them being irresponsible for not teaching their children some manners at least. I really wouldn't blame the government for the children's behavior, like acting like fools or being bunch of jerks. I would blame the government though, for the fact that this country's economy is like in the worst case since Great Depression in the 1930s.
@thanujad (405)
• Sri Lanka
3 Oct 08
I think parents should be blamed. If they cannot afford to bring up a child they should know to wait without having them. Government should be blamed too for not finding ways to stop children begging in street. In my country it has become a business. You'll be able to see mothers carrying babies and beging. You'll be able to see them with different children in different places. If they beg in one street today the next day they'll be on another street. So the government should be able to stop doing this buy allocating special people to catch them and punish them.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
3 Oct 08
It is a common scene in the third world countries that street children are begging. Social coditions are responsible of those countries for this condition. These countries are faceing many problems.Of these poverty is the main.Economic conditions are so bad of these countries that it is very trouble some to solve so many problems.Parents can't be blamed and they have no such condition that they can prevent their children from begging. They themselvs are begger or begger like. It is true that the governments of these countries are responsible for this condition.At the same time the rich countries have some responsibilities.They should come forward to mitigate some problems of the poor nations.
• United States
3 Oct 08
I guess I am lucky because I have never seen any of these "street children" you talk about. I am from the United States and the government will take care of the kids or help the parents take care of the kids if the parents can not provide for them.
@Lindalinda (4118)
• Canada
3 Oct 08
Hi warrier, I am so glad you are concerned about this evil practice in your country. I think it is both the parents and the Government that is to blame. The parents because they are irresponsible and immoral to let their young children out in the street to beg and endanger themselves, the Government for not making enough laws to make this practice illegal. You as a concerned citizen should bring this up with your member of parliament and pressure him or her to bring a motion forward in parliament to outlaw this. If nothing happens you should vote for someone who is willing to take this on. These beautiful little children deserve a better life.
@rajueie (204)
• India
3 Oct 08
hi frends....now a days...street children are everywhere......so...both the govt and also the parents to blame.... first of all... we shud blame the govt... bcos...govt is not taking any serous act on the parents..who doesnt care their children.......parents who are illiterates dont know anything....but the govt..being known everyhting doing nothing.....we shud blame govt....they provide or they shud take care of this children.. tham happy mylotting
@drakesuyat (1064)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
both! i always feel irritated whenever i hear some parents saying that their kids will be their only hope when it should their kids who are hoping for them. for kids who never had a chance to see their parents, the government should be the one taking charge in molding them for a better future.
@dong1970 (1573)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Parents are responsible for raising children,it is their duties to support them and give a good life.I'm just wondering why people keep on blaming the government about this street children.Maybe the government should post projects for this kind of problem but the main responsible for this are parents.
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Both the parents and the government are to blame for the plight of the children. The parents for not providing their children the proper care and a decent life. They can be sued for child abuse and child neglect. The government for not responding to the calls of the concerned, for not having enough budget for livelihood, education, for basic needs and the like. Everything must go hand in hand to work well.