'Parents to blame'

ST JOHN’S — Graphic sex tapes showing teens – some seemingly as young as 13 – engaged in risky behaviour and being widely distributed across the country have prompted education officials to blame bad parenting.

The tapes are the latest published via social media in recent years but this time they’re all the more experimental and explicit.

Education officer responsible for guidance counselling in schools, Andrea Airall, says families are to be primarily blamed for the behaviour displayed in the resurging sex tapes involving secondary school students.

And, D Gisele Isaac-Arrindell, Executive Secretary of the Board of Education and past president of the Professional Organisation of Women in Antigua, shares the same view.

Last week one video tape surfaced but by yesterday evening another three had been making the rounds. In all but one case, the characters in the video were dressed in school uniform and their faces were featured more than once.

Airall said too many children are left on their own after school hours and parents and other relatives are not holding them accountable for their actions.

The educator of 22 years said many people with low esteem would do almost anything to please others and get attention.

“There are quite a lot of teens crying out for attention from parents and some of them want to be caught in their negative behaviours so they would be noticed.

“Too many of our young come and go from home and no one says anything to them; there are no consequences so they do anything they want to do,” Airall said.

She said guidance counsellors are placed within the education system and students are exposed to health and family education, which she also oversees.

However, the counsellor said there is “only so much the schools can do”. (Antigua Observer)

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