Youth aberration could be an exhausting conversation and the blame game seems to have shifted in every corner of society, but Nerukhi Ato Osei recently released song, Don’t Blame the Children seems to have some answers.
Osei, an artist and former secondary school teacher, sifts through the ashes to pinpoint some key elements to the growing generation of failed nurturers in song.
Among the failures, Osei noted lies the responsibility of leaders, radio personality, and the lack of parenteral grooming.
“The song was motivated by the issue of inadequate parenting in society. Many radio stations seem to have abandoned their social responsibility and some of their music encourages anti-social behaviour of different types.
In some instances, there is child neglect caused by reckless parents or those unprepared for the responsibility of parenting. Another possible solution is mandatory training in parenting for would-be parents.
More sensitive and intelligent programming by radio stations, particularly the ones that attract young people with more positive messages in music and, given the extent of cultural variance in society it is now difficult to determine if the values of certain authority figures will match with those of certain homes,” he said.
The song’s jazzy beat infused commentary, which abdicates the role of adults to their children’s development and how blame is assigned with a negative outcome.
The song was written, performed, and produced by Osie at Nerukhi Studios in Gasparillo. Jaime Ghany on saxophone, Aquil Arrindell on the national instrument, Eugene Bass on guitar, and background vocals by Janelle Montique compliments his prudent call for nurturers to be more accountable.
Osie also proposed that employers share the responsibility for parents to take better care of their children by implementing
strategic opportunities to aid parents to effectively work from home or on the job site.
He said: “Reintroduction of certain community values that brought balance such as adults recognizing their responsibility to all children and working together in support groups to ensure that shared values could be re-enforced.
“In this way, the child will receive greater supervision when away from home. More youth-centered progressive activities to keep our youths occupied and motivated while at the same time provide opportunities for their development.
Long ago we depended on the values and examples passed on by our parents. These days with the advent of technology people are heavily influenced by social media and other sources of information that may be culturally inappropriate and, in some cases, questionable and dangerous.”
Osei said the callous nature of today’s society has failed to provide viable social options and causes people to make difficult choices must also be noted. As well as, parents who have no support system in place and can’t afford to pay for daycare services.
Osei said society has quite often failed to acknowledge that each child has the potential to achieve greatness if supported properly.
He said the home is just one of the socialising influences and we need to look at the role played by the other social institutions such as the schools, churches, clubs, mass media, and the poor examples set by adults, particularly those in authority.