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Roastbusters: Where was the respect? - NZAC

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Parents and communities can have a powerful impact on young people’s social values and sense of respect for others, the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) has said in response to the release of the Roast Busters report.

President, Robyn McGill, acknowledged social media creates pressures and exerts influence on young people, but she said research shows clearly that children do learn values and social behaviour from their parents and it is essential that clear and appropriate expectations are set from an early age.

"This includes attitudes to alcohol, but also to sex and violence," Ms McGill said.

"Our young people need to know from an early age what constitutes respectful social behaviour, including teaching young people what consent is and isn’t and how alcohol impacts this, and that comes from proactive and engaged parenting.

"Families and communities need to address alcohol abuse by young people, and challenge sexually predatory behaviour by young men."

Ms McGill urges families to take a proactive approach to these areas of parenting.

"As communities we have an obligation to instil in our children a sense of what is acceptable so that crimes like those committed by the Roast Busters don’t occur."

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