Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Children Exposed to Pornography

Is Your Child Safe From Pornography?
New Vision (Kampala)
September 20, 2004
Posted to the web September 20, 2004
By Denis Ocwich

Promiscuity is mainly from erotic and obscene messages in the media.
Behold what has become of the young secondary school boys in Masindi district. If press reports are anything to go by, the Police are investigating the students for allegedly joining a gang that engage in sex as a competition.
The students first watch blue movies to stimulate their erotic nerves, then they go on the sex spree, experimenting on what they have picked from the amorous film.
Strange! But it is no surprise to Family Life Network (FLN) which has since 2002 studied sexual behaviour of the youth in 360 schools countrywide.
"Children are indiscriminately exposed to pornography and obscene materials and the damaging effects are already evident in many schools," said Stephen Langa, the Executive Director of Kansanga-based FLN.
Citing an example of a secondary school boy who confessed that he sexually molested his sister after watching pornography, Langa lamented: "We discovered that there is a lot of rot among our young people, which the parents are not aware of."
Part of the blame lies on the shoulders of parents who send their children to schools without ever bothering to check how they are doing in school, hence they take to drunkenness, viewing pornography, abortion and smoking under the influence of their peers.
"FLN has also found out that homosexuality and lesbianism are spreading like wild fire in schools," Langa said.
"There is rape inside schools and sex among students themselves. We have also found incest and cases of teachers molesting children and a lot of abortions," he added.
Much of the promiscuity is germinating from viewing pornography in the media and the Internet and blue movies.
"If nothing is done to address the present state of affairs, the present generation of parents will find themselves having to bury their children instead of their children burying them," Langa stressed.
Family Life Network preaches value-based sex education, which encourages young people to abstain from sex until they get married. And so far, there is a positive response from students, many of whom have realised the benefit of abstinence.
Through a programme dubbed: "True Love Waits" students sign cards of acceptance to abstain from sex.
"From the time we started up to now, we have about 70,000 young people who have signed 'True Love Waits' cards," Langa said during the launch of Uganda National Parents Network at Didi's World in Kansanga recently.
The parents' network is to garner membership across the country to provide parents with parenting skills to morally raise their children.
It will also provide a platform for parents to dialogue and understand communication skills to teach their children the nitty-gritty of sexuality.
"Most problems which children go through stem from either poor parenting practices or broken family relationships," Langa said.
"Parents have the responsibility of bringing up children in a supportive environment."
He described pornography as a "silent deadly virus" that is destroying the young generation.
The Associate Dean of the Makerere's Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Sam Luboga, said parents should educate their children about sex.
He said this could include watching a bad film or television programme together with the children as the parent explains the risks. "We should teach our children when to say no, where to say no, and how to say no to sex," urged Luboga.