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Sovereign Centre: teenage 'Romping Shop'

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Going to the movies on a Saturday evening has always been a favourite pastime for many, children and adults alike. Although there has been a steady increase in movie prices, it still remains a relatively economical entertainment alternative.

The location in Sovereign has become an ideal spot for moviegoers, especially for teenagers, as it is surrounded by a number of dining facilities and offers a good spot for lyming. It also provides teenagers with a haven to indulge in promiscuous activities under the fa├žade of going to the movies. They themselves are the 'stars' of their own show.


On any given Saturday, between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m., the location is strewn with teens as young as 13 and 14 in tight embraces, hugging and kissing. Every dark spot along the corridors and in the parking areas is taken, and there are those bold enough to showcase their affection for each other in full view for all to see.

Where are the parents/guardians? Why is a 14-year-old out at 9 p.m. without supervision from a responsible adult? Trusting our children to do the right thing is important. However, this trust must come with some level of responsibility and awareness of the influences of older boys/men who have their own agenda.

Christmas is upon us and schools will be out soon. Going to the plazas with friends is a popular pastime for teens, especially during the holidays. Parents must be vigilant and take care to know who their children are hanging with. Providing them with a cellphone to stay in touch is not enough. Do you know where your children are?