Parents should discuss sexual issues with their teens.

KUALA LUMPUR: The failure of parents to clearly communicate with children about sex is one of the reasons that teenagers engage in free sex.

Senior Lecturer of Educational Psychology and Counselling at Universiti Malaya Dr Norsafatul Aznin A. Razak said parents needed to be positive and open when discussing sexual issues with their adolescent children.

“The focus of the discussion is to equip them with information on underage sex, in addition to safeguarding their physical, mental and spiritual well-being,” she said.

She was commenting on a report of a Form 2 student in Malacca who confessed to having sex with multiple partners in and outside of school.

Dr Norsafatul said the influence of social media and ease of accessibility to information today have made teenagers more prone to going to the wrong source for information.

She said that the use of gadgets among children needed to be monitored.

“The issue can be avoided through open communication between parents and children.”

Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the education system should be reviewed to address the increasing number of cases involving sexual activity among students.

She found it worrying that students were becoming bolder by engaging in sexual acts at school, which was supposed to be a hub of education, not of immoral activities.

Noor Azimah said teachers need to identify the troubled students and guide them.

“Parents also need to be more aware of their children’s activities and act quickly if their children are involved in such activities,” she said.

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