Participants in the Ministry of Interior’s Council hosted by UAE national Mohammed Abdullah Bala’ajer Al Rumaithi at his residence in Al Samha region in Abu Dhabi discussed the “Role of Fathers in Preventing Children’s Delinquent Behavior”. The attendees also highlighted the nurturing role of the father within the home, the father-child interaction, and the parental responsibility for the education of children to prevent them the criminal behavior of children.

The Council recommended enhancing communication with children, to instill positive patriotism in them, as well as to reinforce their culture, acquaint them with their customs and traditions, catering to their basic needs in terms of security and stability to achieve their psychological and social serenity.

Additionally, the participants in the Council urged parents not to compare children to one another, because every child has a unique personality and special skills. Comparing children to others can be frustrating to them, and cause them to show aggressive behavior to prove themselves.

The council is one of the awareness councils organized by the Law Respect Culture Bureau, in cooperation with the Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. The council was moderated by media personality Abdul Rahman Al Shamiri, Director General and Editor-in-Chief of Al Watan Newspaper.

The council urged parents to dedicate more time in order to encourage direct communication with children and to reinforce family dialogue so they don’t fall prey to bad companionship. They stressed the importance of ongoing dialogue within the home in building an integrated, positive, and cohesive family; and highlighted the positive educational, religious and social impact of dialogue on the upbringing of children.

Participants in the council also called upon parents to monitor their children’s use of modern technology, especially social networking sites, given their serious influence on the culture and behaviors of their children if misused. They also warned against the health risks of sitting for extended periods in front of computer screens, which have an adverse effect on their personality.

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