Reggae Sumfest 2018

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Losing our School Girls to Immorality

By: Jodi-Kaye Watson

school_girls.jpgGone are the days when school girls respected themselves and their uniforms. What is happening to our teenage girls? Everyone wants to be in hype. Buses and taxis without music seem to be losing. The buses and taxis have to be blazing the sounds of Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man and Mavado just to name a few. Some can sing the words of these songs without stuttering but try asking some of these girls what they learnt in school and one would think "the cat got their tongue". When will they realize that education is the key to success; education gives us the independence we need as women to survive.

Some girls no longer feel comfortable sitting in their seats but instead have to be positioned in the laps of males. Some even go to the extreme of having sexual intercourse on these buses and taxis. GIRLS - you need to start respecting yourselves and your bodies. If you refuse to respect yourselves how will men respect you and treat you as young ladies. Remember your body is the temple of the living God.

And to the adults in these young girls' lives - don't play the blame game. Instead try reaching out for counselling with them, because in some instances the root of the problem can be traced back to negative experiences.

Abuse and lack of emotional support are two of the causes of such behaviour. So parents, spend time with your children, love them and never abuse them. If you abuse your children they will expect and even accept abuse from others.

Teens, choose your friends wisely. As the saying goes "show me yuh company and mi tell yuh who yuh are." Its okay to say no, never let anyone influence you to do wrong or engage in activities you are not comfortable with. Friends who influence you to do wrong are not your true friends. It's okay to ask for advice and seek counselling. This is not a sign of weakness but a sign of maturity.

Dare to be Different!

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