#Article (Archive)

The menace of video clubs

Dec 22, 2011, 12:41 PM

The last couple of years have seen the proliferation of video clubs as an increasingly influential phenomena, especially among our school-going children and youths.

In fact, they have virtually eclipsed the existence of cinemas that used to be the craze of the 70s and 80s.

Consequently, the obsession with video clubs among our children is all too apparent.

Almost on a daily basis, one sees children trooping by the tens to video clubs to either watch football matches or movie of some sort.

Whilst we are not in any way trying to condemn or discourage the pastime, we want to sound a note of caution that there is need for monitoring what type of videos or movies these video clubs play.

This is because the mind of the young person is such that certain undesirable movies can negatively impinge on it; so that children consequently take to certain reprehensible behaviour as a result of what they watch at video clubs.

We must remember also that the very fact that most of these children are going to school make it an obligation on parents and guardians to strike a balance between their retreat to video clubs and studying well to progress in school.

We, therefore, appeal to parents and security officers to be on the alert, and to be prepared to clamp down on such spots when necessary.

“Morality comes with sad wisdom of age when the sense of curiosity has withered.”

Graham Greene