The vast majority of respondents to the most recent caycompass.com online poll believe parents bear the most responsibility for children younger than 18 attending street dances.
The results were some of the most lopsided since the polls began on the caycompass.com website in 2005, with 536 out of 636 respondents (84.3 per cent) putting the blame on parents. No other response received even five per cent of the votes.
‘I am a parent of three,’ said one person. ‘My wife and I are responsible for raising our children, full stop. The more we imply by public discussions that anyone else is responsible, the more we open the door for parents to avoid their responsibility.’
‘We live in an age of permissive parenting and undisciplined children,’ said another respondent. ‘Couple that with unfiltered information made available by modern technology and it should be no wonder kids today are conflicted. The problem starts with bad parenting.’
Some respondents thought parents should be held accountable by law. Others thought the issue went beyond just the parents.
‘Ultimately, parents are responsible, but the community as a whole – adults, government, police, and street dance promoters – have a responsibility to ensure that our children are protected,’ said one respondent. ‘Our children are our future, so we must have their best interests at heart.’
Of the remaining 100 respondents, 27 (4.2 per cent of the total respondents) thought the promoters had the most responsibility.
‘My first instinct is to say parents, but we cannot lock up people for bad parenting,’ one respondent said. ‘So it is ultimately up to promoters to ensure these events are heavily policed.’
Twenty-five people (3.9 per cent) thought the police bore the most responsibility.
‘… for not enforcing age restrictions,’ said one person.
Twenty-two respondents said the government bore the most responsibility, while six responded ‘other’ to the poll question.
‘Sometimes the parents don’t know,’ said one person. ‘You can drop a child of at a youth meeting, for example, and they slip out with a friend and go dancing.’