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Kalam declares war on drugs

President A P J Abdul Kalam has advised parents to watch all behavioural change in their children, lest they fall prey to drug abuse.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 11:19 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam has advised parents to be watchful about behavioural change in their children lest they fall prey to drug abuse.

"Parents have to ensure that the child is kept fully occupied, physically and mentally, for 18 hours a day, including the study period in class," he said in his address at a seminar on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Drugs inNew Delhi on Sunday.

According to Kalam, who has a keen interest in the development of children, young people use drugs to satisfy issues related to their adolescent development. "This is the time parents have to pour their parental love, be watchful and see any pattern change in their behaviour of the son or daughter," he said.

"At first instance, when they notice the change, they have to start discussions with the child about the various problems and enhance their communication with the child."

"Parents must also find productive channelling of the energy of the child to healthy games and fine arts. Also, participation in socially relevant activities apart from studies," he suggested.


SMART BOX
Parents’ checklist
• Keep the child fully occupied, physically and mentally
• Be watchful and notice changes in the behaviour of  the child
• Start discussions with the child about various problems
• Find productive channelling of the energy through games, sports, fine arts