Parent’s of teenagers have a lot to worry about when it comes to trying to raise their children as best they can. Skipping school is one thing that can be very hard to monitor as parents are often at work and unable to spend time making sure their teen is getting to school on a daily basis.
Why are teenagers skipping school?
Truancy or “wagging” as it’s commonly known in Australia, is a major problem for parents of high school age children. It is a very complex issue and students skip school for all sorts of reasons. Bullying can be a major reason a child would skip school as well as just a general lack of interest in school itself. Even worse, a bunch of friends that are peer pressuring them to follow and “wag” with them is a common reason for truancy.
All children in Australia between the ages of 6 and 15, (16 is Tasmania), are required by law to attend school, it is compulsory. Most parents don’t realise that they are obligated by law to make sure their child makes it to school every day. A parent can in fact be fined in most states for missed attendance if it becomes a problem. In Queensland, you can be fined $660 for a first offense and $1320 for a second offense. There have been many cases of parents being charged, albeit with some controversy. It does happen!
The first question then becomes,
What can I do to stop my child from skipping school?
If you put this phrase into search engine Google, you will get a multitude of great tips to help try and encourage your child to get to school and stay interested in school. It’s always recommended to try and work with your child’s school, their principle, and the teenager first. You need to get to the root of why it is happening, and how it can be prevented from happening again. You need to look after their present and future. You would hate it ruined by something like a bad truancy record, all because of some bullies at school that your teenager has not told you about. Even worse, your teen might be sneaking off and consuming drugs and participating in underage drinking which can be a whole different kettle of fish. You need to make sure this is not happening too.
The second question then becomes,
What is my teenager doing when they are skipping school?
If you have exhausted all avenues, and are still not sure if your child is getting to school or what they are doing when they are, then you might have reached the end of your rope. It might be that you know they are skipping, but you are unable to keep tabs on what exactly they are doing, where they are going and who they are hanging around and being influenced by. If you can’t seem to get anywhere, then it may be time to take matters into your own hands before the authorities do.
Hiring a private investigator is a great choice if you are unsure if your teenager is skipping school, and also to see exactly what they are doing.
A local P.I. can covertly monitor you child’s whereabouts, as well as provide you video or photographic evidence of who they are with and what they are doing. You may be able to put your own mind at ease a little knowing exactly what they are doing if they aren’t at school. It won’t guarantee they will attend school more often, but it will give you the answers or even the proof you need to confront them with. This can help to get the matter dealt with. It’s the peace of mind that it brings knowing exactly what they are doing, and how you can begin to deal with it correctly.
Marc Pikrt is a Licensed Private Investigator and runs the Gold Coast based Paradise Investigations.