Minister of Culture and Youth, Stephen Lashley wants churches to use social media to defend the nation’s moral values and report positive messages about the island’s youth.
Lashley made the appeal in an address to the congregation at First Baptist Church, to mark the start of the 2016 National Summer Camp programme.
“In Barbados we have still the majority of the young people who are projecting positive values, doing the right thing,” Lashley said, but added, “We run the danger of being caught up in the instant reporting mechanism on our social media, which within the spilt of a second can send you a photograph of the most negative thing happening in our country.
“I just wish that our social media activists would spend the same time reporting on the positive stories of our young people,” he said.
Lashley also called on parents and guardians to set positive examples for their young charges.
“We have to reinforce what is required within our families, within our homes. Too many of our parents and guardians spend too much time partying and having a good time.”
Turning his attention to the celebration of Barbados’s 50th anniversary of independence, the minister also pointed to the need to uphold strong moral values.
“Why then in the midst of global threats to our cultural values and norms, our moral principles … that the church is often found to be silent?
“Why don’t I hear and see on the social media our churches being more vocal on issues of morality? Has morality gone asleep? Are the voices in support of Christian values and morality gone to sleep?” Lashley asked.