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SA teens sexually active early - study

2011-09-26 08:01

Johannesburg - Many South African children are having sex for the first time when they are between the ages of 14 and 15, according to a newspaper report on Monday.

The Star
reported that a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) study suggested that parents talk to their children about sexuality from the age of 5.

It also revealed that from the children that were sexually active, barely half used a condom when they last had sex.

The research further showed that silence on sexual issues by key figures generated misconceptions and myths, further contributing to risky sexual practices.

The HSRC recommended that the basic education curriculum be amended to include "accurate and comprehensive information".

About 2 000 children and their parents were interviewed in the Western Cape, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal for the study.

Only 49% of the children said they used a condom when they last had sex. More than half said their parents had no knowledge of their sexual activity.

Comments
  • Will99 - 2011-09-26 08:09

    Scary stuff!

      beicime - 2011-09-26 08:27

      Not necessarily wrong as long as they understand the risks but it seems that they are not educated about HIV and pregnancy.

      McDaNife - 2011-09-26 08:33

      These girls are already planning for government grant at such young age and no wonder there education suffers which is causing the overall standard of education to drop.

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-26 09:23

      So Gareth Cliff was not too far off the mark after all

      saabnut - 2011-09-26 09:45

      Hello??????????????????? look at the no 1 role model- Showerhead himself, and all becomes perfectly clear...

      My Father - 2011-09-26 11:02

      I wonder if this is to do with kids eating too much KFC chickens these days.....

      Jean - 2011-10-18 18:36

      if any of you have white daughters just be careful coz they might be part of that stats

      Reshan - 2011-10-24 10:47

      I see a lot of people pointing fingers but I can tell you it's ALL kids. Look at MixIT, Facebook... these are generally educated children and I'll be surprised if ANY teen leaves high school without having sex. We need to stop passing the buck and accept responsibility for your lives. Teachers come in every morning, they earn a salary then go home to raise their kids, everyone needs to do the same. The landscape has changed, technology, the internet, Hollywood, reality shows all promote sex it's up to the parents to not just accept responsibility but take action, educate!

      zmnkosi - 2011-10-24 11:36

      Dear Ivory, Sex in the black culture is a taboo topic and is generally not discussed enough by parents with their teens. For you to say that in the black culture sex is accepted and treated as normal is complete rubbish. Firstly, are you black? I have many white friends who have parents who don't mind if their child’s boyfriend or girlfriend sleep over and share a room. My mother would kill me if I even attempted to ask her if my boyfriend could sleep over under her ROOF. So please, don't base your opinion on several black people and your ignorance. The only issue in the black culture is that sex is not discussed and thus teenagers experiment and come up with their own ideas of what sex is all about.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-23 11:10

      @beicime. wow , really , "Not necessarily wrong as long as they understand the risks but it seems that they are not educated about HIV and pregnancy." So how many under age kids have you had sex with ? Ignorance is truly blissful , don't you think ! The study doesn't reveal if the young girls are sleeping with classmates or adults giving them money or something they need. We are not going to stop aids if people like you let kids sleep around , what happened to morals and life long relationships ! Zuma as a role model is to blame with his "AIDS cure" shower antics and multiple partners , even some he's not married to.

  • Dizzle - 2011-09-26 08:09

    When you put the hardware into the software - never forget the anti-virus. Please condomize

      Witsie101 - 2011-09-26 09:26

      Hardware into the software? Where's the logic in that?

      IC1 - 2011-09-26 10:09

      @Dizzle: Good 1

      AfrikaBoer - 2011-09-26 11:31

      Good one Dizzle

      York Hunt - 2011-09-26 13:55

      @Witsie. Must we draw you a picture?

      One-Man Riot - 2011-09-26 20:40

      @Witsie101 - Whyyyyy sooooo seerrriiouuussssss!!!!!!!!!!

  • ET - 2011-09-26 08:10

    Okay, I'll start putting "the pill" in my daughters breakfast cereal when she's 13 without her knowledge! Sjoe. They start early.

      Reeves - 2011-09-26 08:26

      ET, the pill would not stop her from getting HIV

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-23 11:13

      You think lying and drugging your daughter without her knowledge is good for her ? I think your daughter is already doomed if you can't openly communicate ! I pity you !

  • USAMAH - 2011-09-26 08:12

    South Africa SA teens sexually active early - study Many South African children are having sex for the first time when they are between 14 and 15, and barely half used condoms last time they had sex, a study has found. * Child rape: 'Something wrong in SA' * 7 schoolkids facing sex-related charges * Pre-teens given birth control injections Now someone please tell me why the media makes a big fuss about teen child brides when Muslims marry early? Our kids don't go through even half the trauma that kids in the west face daily. No unwanted pregnancies, no single parents, no STDs, no AIDS, no pre marital sex(in other words NO ADULTRY AND FORNICATION), no embaressment of raising illegitemate children,no social stigmas, lowest divorce rates , need I continue?

      jen - 2011-09-26 08:31

      USAMAH: Being a child bride and having sex with an adult male, is forced sex and so wrong.Why can't these girls have the choice of marrying this chosen male when they are 20 and a bit more mature. Are these girls happy? Just look at their eyes - it is almost dead. They cannot escape without bearing the consequences. And AIDS/STDs are on the rise, read the reports. But yes, kids are way to promiscious - the leaders are morally corrupt and are setting one fine example.

      icegee - 2011-09-26 08:56

      Two wrongs nver make a correct (except maybe in polotics!). Under-age sex and under-age marriage are both wrong, pls don't justify it!

      USAMAH - 2011-09-26 09:19

      jen, Western men mostly are known for having sex with underage girls in poorer countries. Having sex with a teen after marriage means that you have to care for and financially support for the rest of both your lives. Having casual sex with a teen means that you have no responsibility towards the girl and are free to travel to many other poorer countries and use and abuse many more teenage girls without facing any responsibility for your actions. And how sure are you that unmarried teen girls in the western world aren't sexually invovled with adult men?

      Lawence - 2011-09-26 11:48

      You are sooooo misguided. Have you been to Thailand, and seen the Muslims at the whore houses? Muslims in the Casinos all over the world? In gay bars? Wake up

      jen - 2011-09-26 11:53

      USAMAH: my point is that although the SA teens and elsewhere (although way too early) have some 'choice' in the matter, but forcing an underage girl into a marriage with a much older and in a lot of cases not so nice men is a bit outdated and will always be wrong. What about her education and rights? To be happily married to a man of your choice, age and to be married to someone you had no say in and make you do things that you have no say in, are two completely different things. I am not saying these things lightly, I live in Kenya and have a friend who was a child bride and escaped from the husband and her own family with only the clothes on her back.

      nanonyous - 2011-09-26 11:53

      Do you realise that often those marriages do not turn out as happy as seem to want to believe they do? Forced anything that goes against the will of another that could potentially harm them is bad. Forced marriage to an adult man that then has 'every right' to have sex with you whenever you please 'because you are now his property' is wrong. 'casual' sex, as you put it, is far less morally wrong than this as the female party at least has the choice as to whether or not she wants to have sex with her partner.

      nanonyous - 2011-09-26 11:54

      *whenever he pleases

  • USAMAH - 2011-09-26 08:16

    4 in 10 babies unwanted Even though there is a variety of safe contraceptive options available, 41% of the 208 million pregnancies which occur each year are still unintended.As I just said.....

  • ShakaN - 2011-09-26 08:19

    i want the beby, then i get the government grant, i have more bebies and get more money.

  • USAMAH - 2011-09-26 08:19

    # Empowered women have less sex...NEWS 24 headline Women in third world countries actually are .....Happier??? than western, working, earning, women....??? NOw as I just mentioned in my earlier posts....

  • WarDog - 2011-09-26 08:21

    First off I know that children as young as 12 and 13 are having sex. Secondly I don’t think that the statistic is a true reflection. The interpretation of these statistics is way to general. The statistics should be broken down into “province/area”, “class” and “racial” segments to draw accurate statistics and conclusions to use in solving the countries problems. Always remember, statistics is always a best guess scenario and can easily be manipulated. I myself never lend too much weight to whatever “statistics” say especially in South Africa.

      Gareth - 2011-09-26 09:40

      WarDog, the HSRC reprot most likely does exactly that. Its porbably most likely available on their website (possibly a small fee). There is a report out by Sisana et al, an update on HIV and AIDS epidemic in 2008 that makes for interesting reading. I think the Title includes turning the tide for teens or something like that. some scary data in that report.

  • jen - 2011-09-26 08:22

    Even earlier. Unfortunately a lot of kids see moms/dads/uncles/aunts/siblings having sex in front of them as most kids grow up in slums where there are no seperate bedrooms. And in a lot of cases kids unwillingly get involved in this.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-26 08:23

    Unfortunately talking about sexual issues is taboo amongst certain groups, especially amongst or including men in those conversations.

      LBS - 2011-09-26 14:41

      Oh rubbish man, this is 2011! How can it be taboo to TALK about it, yet they are DOING it????

  • beicime - 2011-09-26 08:27

    Not necessarily wrong as long as they understand the risks but it seems that they are not educated about HIV and pregnancy.

      Dead Skunk - 2011-09-26 08:32

      Just goes to show just how much damage was done by our previous leader and the minister of health...Between them they put back the AIDS awareness bt 10 years.

  • Uzziel - 2011-09-26 08:33

    So, teaching the kids at 9 years old at school about sex according to the state curriculum maybe not such a good idea?

      USAMAH - 2011-09-26 09:50

      Just let them get married and start facing the responsibilities of a serious relationship. With the situation the way it currently is, Mum and Dad sit with the baby while Junior runs amok. If they feel they're ready for sex, that means they should be made aware that they should also be ready for responsibility.No matter how young they start.That means YOU HAVE SEX, YOU GET MARRIED, YOU GET KIDS- NO SCHOOL,NO CHILDHOOD FUN, NO EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT PARTNERS,NO DATING ANYONE BUT YOUR SPOUSE, NO SPORTS EVERY WEEKEND, NO GOING OUT WITH FRIENDS, MALLS, MOVIES, YOU GO TO WORK MONDAY TO SATURDAY TO SUPPORT YOUR WIFE AND CHILD,for the rest of both your lives - no matter how young you or your partner might be. Do this and watch how soon they stop all this nonsense. The government can then use all the child grant money they will save to fix up all the potholes on our roads.

      USAMAH - 2011-09-26 10:24

      P.s I forgot to mention, for girls - YOU CHANGE NAPPIES, CLEAN BABY VOMIT AND LOOSE YEARS OF SLEEP - FOR LIFE.Also you'll have to start cooking and cleaning for your new husband while your friends have fun learning in school. Don't allow Mums and Dads to spoil their kids anymore by taking care of and financially supporting their kids unwanted babies.

  • Dead Skunk - 2011-09-26 08:37

    Shock...Horror kids are bonking....Well HELLO, that's what they do, what we need to is to educate them in safe sex...cos as god my little green apples they are going do the wild thing. With young people finding thier sexuality they are going to expriment..I did so did everybody I knew...so this is hardly headline news.

  • ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ - 2011-09-26 08:55

    Demographics ftw?

  • Smart Man - 2011-09-26 09:00

    Much has been said about safe sex, now it's all up to an individual to practice or not to. Every Gorilla for itself. One has to understand that some battles just cannot be won.

  • 50something - 2011-09-26 09:07

    Why are we still wondering why we are not winning the AIDS battle?

      joy.termorshuizen - 2011-09-26 09:57

      ....and we NEVER will!

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-09-26 09:25

    As long as we have this situation whith sexually active people not practicing safe sex we can FORGET about ever eradicating HIV/AIDS. The dept of health, the leaders, teachers, churches ect. can talk until they're blue in the face it won't help. People have have to change their whole attitude. One just has to look around + see the many young unmarried mothers, some with more that 1 child. This also places a burden on the country's social grant system. Thousands + thousands of child support grants - not sustainable in the long run either. Makes one shudder just to think about it.

  • allows - 2011-09-26 09:43

    This is why we have a "throw away baby" problem in this world now. There are more mouths to feed by charities, there are more abondoned babies, there are more murdered new borns thrown down toilets or shoved into plastic bags etc. It is horrific

  • Mad Max - 2011-09-26 09:44

    I blame the parents as much as the schools. It is our responsibility as parents to teach our kids the difference between right and wrong. Wrong is when you have sex early. I saved myself till I was at least 23 yo. This meant that I had catching up to do, but not without thought, or without knowing the consequences. But consider for a moment if it was your kid... What would you do?

  • clintas - 2011-09-26 09:58

    well, promoting the use of condoms is promoting sex don't you think?

      clintas - 2011-09-26 09:59

      and many television ads and pop stars etc are being promoted using sex appeal

      USAMAH - 2011-09-26 10:12

      Couldn't agree more, well said.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-26 10:08

    "The HSRC recommended that the basic education curriculum be amended to include "accurate and comprehensive information"." What were they being taught at school if not accurate and comprehensive? Another FAIL by the Education Dept. its sick

  • My Father - 2011-09-26 11:02

    I wonder if this is to do with kids eating too much KFC chickens these days.....

  • kold - 2011-09-26 11:21

    WOW ! it is truly amazing at the comments that float around . People ask where are the role models , HOW ABOUT WE STOP LOOKING FOR EVERYONE ESLE TO SORT OUT THE PROBLEM , AND TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THE PROBLEMS.Good family values ... ever heard of it ? PARENTS STOP LETTING OTHERS GROW YOUR KIDS UP , TAKE A VESTED INTEREST IN YOUR KIDS. Take back your kids childhood , break the chains of slavery of technology and what society dictates. Grow a pair and take charge for once in your lives ......

      nanonyous - 2011-09-26 11:49

      In other words, stunt your children's exposure to what they will be exposed to later in their life when their parents aren't enforcing their ignorant will onto them, such as violence, sex and drugs in the media, or more importantly, the ability to access educational resources (free ones) on the internet? Not all children are always conducting themselves immorally using 'the slaving chains of technology' as you'd like to believe. Many kids that would be forced to have their access to technology removed are the same kids that would be using it to better themselves. You're just passing the buck. Parents need to take an active interest in their kids' social activities. When you're letting your 15-17 year old son or daughter 'go out' at night 'to a party' or club with friends in the middle of town, chances are exceedingly good they're going to be drinking, and when kids drink they tend to be more easily influenced by their other friends to do or use things that they shouldn't. Technology has nothing to do with that beyond enabling them to better organise what they'll do when and where. Technology does not automatically enable them to perform substance abuse or do illegal things.

      jen - 2011-09-26 11:57

      YES! Parents, however uncomfortable it may be, need to take ownership for their kids' sexual education. And do it with an open mind and get down to the nitty gritty.Kids have figured out long ago that parents do it too. Schools can have a programme too, but parents should not depend on the school and playground education.

  • nanonyous - 2011-09-26 11:44

    I for one am laughing at the fact that it took a 'study' to determine that kids 'as young as' 14 and 15 years old are having sex. Come on people, if you haven't been able to catch on by now then you've all failed as parents or all would fail as parents.

  • Nceba Ngqwala - 2011-09-26 11:52

    cnt image schooling my nephew abt sexually activities

  • Sharkie - 2011-09-26 12:41

    Good to see how those "sarafina" shows paid off huh?

  • LBS - 2011-09-26 14:39

    So they refuse to do what they are supposed to learn at school about HIV? Nouja, as jy dom is moet jy %$# - no sympathy if they get AIDS

  • MikeBrassellSA - 2011-10-24 12:17

    One of the reasons why africans multiply like rabbits

  • Gail - 2011-11-23 14:24

    Instead of grants, how about a carrot. Every nubile, sexy, hormone driven little girl that can finish the standard without becoming pregnant gets a year end bonus. And who said kids could get condoms without parental approval at schools. Damn sure not the parents. Who puts the very explicit shows on TV. Watch 'the bold' before dinner time. Not the kids. It's time for everyone to take collective responsibility and to stop pointing fingers.

  • Pietie - 2012-05-07 09:37

    Please be specific News24, you are referring to black children here.

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