The children of today face a multitude of social problems. As in previous generations, the social issues facing today’s children has a significant effect on how these children will turn out when they enter into early adulthood.
Local newspapers often highlight the plight of our children in Phoenix. Drug and alcohol abuse is one of the most serious phenomena that threaten the lives of youngsters.
The child protection team based at the Phoenix Child and Welfare Society believe that by working diligently, children can be given a safer community to live in.
Community work conducted at schools revealed that youth and children are using social media to bully, gossip and create ‘hate groups’ among their peers.
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They are also sending photographs, images and videos of themselves with little or no clothing. This is indeed a major concern to the team as these pictures can be posted on social media where it can be shared with the general community.
The team would like inform the community that being in possession of and/or distributing child pornography or media is a criminal offence and offenders may be criminally charged by the Films and Publications Board and the police.
“Our caseloads also reveal that teenage girls enter into ‘relationships’ with older men or ‘blessers’ that they interact with in chat rooms or social media. This often opens doors for inappropriate sexual activities. These activities have devastating and damaging effects on children and their parents as most of them are left to deal with unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases,” the team revealed.
They therefore urge parents and caregivers to constantly supervise their children and their activities.
“We all have a responsibility to build a caring society together. The child protection team is available to the community should there be a need for educational talks on child-related issues. We can be contacted on 031 500-3671 during office hours,” they concluded.