Coronavirus came and saw and conquered. The world was not prepared, evidently, and has suffered from the brutality of the pandemic. The virus has done some adjustments in our day to day lives such as staying indoors, acquiring a less traveling habit, and even washing our hands regularly. But what caught my attention is the rise in teenage pregnancy in the country. We focused so much on the virus, that we didn’t notice the rise in Teenage Pregnancy.
Few days after Covid-19 was first confirmed in the country, the Ministry Of Health stopped all education institutions from continuing their activities. This meant the students were to go back home. Schools were a public gathering that could spread the virus, as argued by the Government officials. Conversely, the students had to go back home.
Like everyone else, they hoped the pandemic would be over to resume their education. This meant home freedom which is quite different from school freedom. While at home, less attention is given to the child.
“Teenage hood is a very crucial time for an individual. This is the moment we want to experiment with everything. We are in love with freedom. That’s what keeps us going, the want.”- Mary Ndanu
He further stated that it is at this time when parents should, first of all, know that their children may not be as innocent as they think!
For a child to engage in harm causing activities, first of all, he has to have knowledge of the activity. Definitely, there are so many sources of knowledge in this age of information. Once we identify the cause, we can find a way to curb it.
When teenagers are given access to the internet, there are so many risks at hand. Psychologists suggests that parents should limit that access and if not use parental guidelines to reduce that risk.
The second thing is to give the right information to teenagers. It is at this moment where Sex education becomes crucial. Topics that are not taught in school like Hygiene management, self virtues, sex education, and importance of exercises can be administered by the parent or the guardian.
The next thing to do, as suggested by Mary, is to treat this in the warmest possible way. The guilt brought by being a victim of teenage pregnancy, maybe a catalyst to depression. Depression leads to suicide cases. “Whenever this unfortunate incident occurs, parents should assure the teenager they can still be successful,” she insisted. “After all, we still have to move on, no matter what,” she finally concluded.
Ultimately, do not forget to sanitize and Keep safe.
Author: Brian Kiberu
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