[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″ id=”” class=”post-content” style=””][text_output]When we look at the general state of our youth, the future seems bleak. We do have some focused young people, but they are in the minority. Many teachers will tell you that young people nowadays don’t want to learn. The most significant struggle in the classroom is getting them to focus; learning material is the least of their challenges. Not only schools but many parents will say, apart from their child, the future looks uncertain.

Youth have many problems. People point to the surge in violent games, movies and music. The internet superhighway can lead youth down dangerous paths and early exposure to the inappropriate material can permanently scar our youth. What they have seen cannot be unseen. Social media can also create a culture of isolation that breeds selfishness and insensitivity.

However, there are youths who have access to the same technology and remain focused and driven. In the end, the problem of youth is not very complicated. They need to be connected and afforded the kind of guidance that can lead them to overcome the challenges that they will inevitably face. This is a digital generation, born into a technological world and try as we may, we cannot escape the influence of technology; we need to inoculate them.

The real danger comes when a child cannot share the challenges they will face with the help of someone stronger. People from the previous generation or digital immigrants didn’t have the internet during their youth. Nevertheless many were still scarred and/or exposed to inappropriate material. Fortunately, traditional support systems were more accessible; the village raised the child.

Nobody can follow their child everywhere. No-one is so problem-free personally that they can only focus on the problems of youth. However, we can still restore the sense of community that created the previous generations. If every child is everyone’s child, we can begin the process of rebuilding the nest that produces wholesome citizens. This can be practically achieved through mentorship, which provides an avenue for parents, guardians, teachers and even youth leaders to actively mould the minds and hearts of the next generation. Youth need nurturing and care; it is that simple.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEuZW50cnktdGh1bWIlMjBpbWclMjAlN0IlMEElMjAlMjAlMjAlMjBtYXgtaGVpZ2h0JTNBJTIwNDAwcHglM0IlMEElN0QlMEElMEEucG9zdC1jb250ZW50JTIwJTdCJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwdGV4dC1hbGlnbiUzQSUyMGp1c3RpZnklM0IlMEElMjAlMjAlMjAlMjB0ZXh0LWp1c3RpZnklM0ElMjBpbnRlci13b3JkJTNCJTBBJTdEJTBBJTNDJTJGc3R5bGUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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