A shocking number of 190 South African learners in Grade 3‚ 4 and 5 fell pregnant between 2014 and 2016.
Young girls‚ most under the legal age of 16‚ are having their futures undermined‚ likely through being taken advantage of or abused. Therefore, investigation will be done to determine whether these girls have since returned back to school‚ following the birth of their child‚ what support the school and the Department of Basic Education have provided them to catch up on the syllabus‚ and whether counselling and other emotional support has been provided.
Inform and protect your children while making them feel good — not ashamed — of their bodies.
Parents are advised to help their children understand the meaning of how exactly male and female bodies differ, how exactly babies are made, and what takes place sexually between adults.
On the other hand, it’s not easy talking to your children about the birds and the bees, so here is how you can make a start:
- Always try to answer your child’s questions without going into too much detail. The best is to get your child an age appropriate book and then page through it together.
- Teach your child about sexual abuse and let them set up boundaries for themselves when it comes to their body. Allow them to make rules and to say “no” if someone touches them where they don’t want to be touched. Make sure they learn to know where they private parts are. You can do this by pointing it out in the book.
- Talk to your children about the beauty of relationships and that respect for each other is very important.
- Puberty is also something you need to teach your child about as they need to know that all children their age experience it and that it is totally normal.
Remember that the more forthcoming we are, the less likely our children are to go through unwanted pregnancies or experience STI’s – and they wait a little longer before having their first sexual partner.
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