To Watch Out, say No and make Alarm for:
A. Sexual exploitation of children
The Law is very clear that there should be no sexual behaviour for learners under the age of 16. This includes the viewing of pornography that is prevalent in our primary schools and homes. Learners are not able to understand the impact of their actions on their minds, emotions or bodies, nor foresee the consequences thereof when engaging in sexual behaviour. Private parts must be respected and valued as precious, to be protected from peers and predators.
B. Drugs – Substance Abuse
Prevention is hundredfold better than cure. Learners must understand what the difference is between medicine and drugs is and how destructive addiction is. Learners must be able to identify the traps and avoid them.
Scientific research on bullying among a representative sample of secondary school learners in Gauteng, compiled by the College of Economic and Management Sciences (CEMS). Quotes from the research findings (09.2012):
‘It is clear from the research that cyber bullying takes place predominantly through SMSs and social networks accessed through cellphones.’
‘Cyber bullying experiences via cellphones primarily include name calling, rumours and gossiping and use of upsetting messages. If ignored, cyber bullying could reach undesirable crisis levels, which could impact negatively on broader society.’
‘Other cyber bullying experiences include exposure to sexual remarks (24.5%); unflattering and suggestive personal photos spread online (13.3%) and being bullied, recorded and photos/videos distributed online (8.7%). The latter findings reveal evidence of sexting as a new phenomenon emerging among young people.’
‘Notably, most bullying occurs off school premises, which places a burden on especially parents and the community to familiarise themselves with and refrain from trivialising this behaviour, and take the bulling phenomenon more seriously.’
‘Analysis of traditional forms of bullying (physical, emotional and verbal), revealed that most of the learners who were bullied mainly experienced name calling, physical encounters and threats and intimidation by mainly younger perpetrators.’
‘The research also highlights concerns regarding the seriousness of the impact of bullying among young people, who revealed feelings of sadness and depression.’
‘Also, a third of learners reported bullying incidents to friends, which illustrates a high level of trust among peers.’
Watch Out helps children identify these bad behaviours and to get professional help to help those in trouble and those making the trouble.