Author: Kingsley Irish | Date: 20 May 2011
Too much sex and promotion of homosexuality on television says Stephen Lashley, Barbados' Minister of Family. Mr Lashley has called for more preventative measures to stop these negative images from reaching young people in their homes.
The Minister said, If we are serious about combating teenage pregnancy we have to initiate a national debate about what we are showing our teens on television and the movies we are taking home from the video shops for them to watch. More parental guidance and control are needed.
Speaking to an audience of around 100 at the Child Care Board's Youth Forum this week, he made clear his stance that this was a matter that needed all their attention. He called on the children in attendance to take a stand and refuse to watch unwholesome television programmes, commenting that there is absolutely nothing wrong in saying 'no' to homosexuality and promiscuity.
Keeping his remarks realistic, Lashley acknowledged that the decision to engage in early sexual activity could be difficult, especially when they are so many differing opinions on the matter. However, he advised the youths to consider all the facts and be aware of the consequences of their actions.
The Minister has pledged his Ministry's support in the fight against teenage pregnancy and affirmed that government would continue to work with all the relevant partners to ensure resources were made available to assist in that area.
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