Retailers and truancy was brought into this world by Wellington-based dads Scott Lancaster, Eric Mooij and Stefan Korn who recognised the need for a dedicated website for fathers. Based on their own experiences of struggling to find useful parenting related information specifically aimed at dads they created

I've noticed that over the last few years schools and local retailers have got together to create "no-truant zones".

I was quite amazed to see some concerted effort to get kids back into schools and out of the malls / shops.

The principle is simple - anyone under 16 doesn't get served in shops during school hours unless they are with an adult or have an authorised permission slip from a school.

I haven't seen any reports about how effective these initiatves are but still quite cool to see various parties in local communities working together to achieve a common goal.

I guess it's worth a shot especially as truancy is becoming such a huge issue in many countries.


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  • Timotheus says
    Concern for the education of our children, or trying to limit shoplifting. Would be interesting to test this, to see if wealthy looking truants still get served. The T.V. show "Target" has shown that some merchants are very willing to sell alcohol to a 12 year old.

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