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Teens warned of Valentine's ♥ 'love' ♥
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:28:22 PM »
Teenagers are being encouraged to stay mindful when expressing their "love" for each other on Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

People join an activity writing messages on “leaves of faith” of an artificial golden Bodhi tree at Sanam Luang as part of the Macha Bucha day celebrations tomorrow. The Lord Buddha announced the heart of Buddhism — refraining from bad acts, doing good deeds and purifying the mind — on this day more than 2,500 years ago. Thanarak Khoonton

The advice was offered yesterday by Phra Wichit Thammaphon, assistant to the abbot of Wat Saket, as his temple and the National Office of Buddhism were preparing various religious events to mark Macha Bucha day, which also falls tomorrow.

The message to young lovers is issued annually, but since the occasion falls on Macha Bucha day this year, the monk took the opportunity to add some Buddhist teachings to the Valentine’s warning.

Labelling it a “miraculous year” when the romantic mood meets the religious spirit, Phra Wichit Thammaphon said  “teenagers need to adopt mindful love to avoid causing problems for their parents and society”.

By being ‘’mindful’’, the monk said young boys and girls should remember that an appropriate expression of intimacy does not necessarily end in sex.

He said many youngsters are going through a difficult stage when they are no longer children but are not old enough to make mature decisions.

A quick but careless decision can have unhappy consequences such as unwanted pregnancies and health issues, the monk said.

A 20-year-old man yesterday talked about the consequences of having unprotected sex with his girlfriend three years ago as part of the Valentine’s Day campaign “Don’t Let Love Be An Excuse for Sex”, launched by a network of social activists.

At that time, the man recalled, his girlfriend became pregnant and he turned to the drug trade to earn money to raise their child.

He was later arrested and detained at Kanchanaphisek male juvenile remand home for three years.

Not wanting other teenagers to follow his path, he warned that, “To father a child requires careful thought. Teenagers must be mindful; they cannot think only of having fun out of curiosity.”

But a recent survey of 1,300 male teenagers suggests the advice may fall on deaf ears.

Asked to comment on sex and Valentine’s Day, about one third of them (31.7%) said the day marked a good opportunity to express love by having sex, said Thiraphat Khahawong, coordinator of a youth network aiming to discourage alcohol consumption.

The survey also showed that 20.6% of the respondents would pressure their partner into having sex by claiming a refusal would be a sign that they weren’t in love.

When asked about their plans for tomorrow, 27.3% of respondents said they had a date with their girlfriends, while 24.6% plan to buy chocolates and roses as gifts.

Only 18.2% of the teenagers said they would go to temples to join candle lighting ceremonies at night.

Despite these figures, Sumontha Pluemsungnoen, who is campaigning for healthy sex life, said adults should not rush to the conclusion that most teenagers only think of sex.

There are still plenty of youngsters who know how to express love appropriately, the activist said. 


Young campaigners at the Victory Monument show stickers warning girls against having sex with their lovers as “proof of love” on Valentine’s Day. Pornprom Satrabhaya
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 03:16:18 PM »
This Valentine's Day will bring another leap in accidental teenage pregnancies; we need proper sex education to tackle a problem that is ruining too many lives.

Valentine's Day tomorrow will see the usual warnings from authorities about the problem of unplanned pregnancies among teenagers. The concern is sparked because young lovers often associate the occasion with sex. According to a recent survey, almost 32 per cent of teenage boys said they saw Valentine's Day as a good occasion to have sex with their girlfriends for the first time.

But Thailand's inadequate sex education means that many such encounters lead to unplanned pregnancies. Last year 54 out of every 100,000 girls under the age of 18 became pregnant - a far higher ratio than the World Health Organisation average of 15 per 100,000, according to Mathurada Suwannapho, director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Rajanagarindra Institute. The figures among even younger girls are equally shocking. Citing a report by the Thai Health Department's Bureau of Reproductive Health, Mathurada says 3,725 girls under the age of 15 gave birth in 2012.

Teenage pregnancies lead to a comparatively high rate of abortions, stillbirths and deaths of the mothers and newborns. Every year an estimated three million girls aged 15 to 19 undergo unsafe abortions, which contributes to a high rate of maternal deaths as well as lasting health problems for the mothers.

Meanwhile, in most low- and middle-income countries, complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19. Rates of stillbirth and death among newborns are 50 per cent higher among infants of adolescent mothers than among infants of women aged 20 to 29. And babies born to adolescent mothers are more likely to be low in weight, which can have a long-term impact on their health and development.

The WHO blames high rates of teen pregnancies on adolescents' lack of knowledge of how to avoid becoming pregnant and on the unavailability of contraceptives. "However, even where contraceptives are widely available, sexually active adolescents are less likely to use them than adults," it says. Department of Disease Control deputy director-general Dr Somsak Akksilp notes that failure to use contraceptives (particularly condoms) has also led to high rates of sexually transmitted disease, including HIV, among teenagers in Thailand.

Parents, guardians, teachers and others responsible for the care of youngsters should try to make teens aware that they're still too young and inexperienced to take on parenting. Youngsters who get pregnant put their academic progress at risk, having to leave school either because they're expelled or because they must look after their child. Those from poor families are then often stuck in a cycle of poverty, unable to gain the academic qualifications that could lead to a better life. Unplanned pregnancies also lead to abortions or abandonment of newborns, which in turn causes more problems and financial burdens for society.

The problem of accidental pregnancies in Thailand will only be effectively tackled when teens get proper education about sex, the use of contraceptives, and particularly condoms, and basic family planning. Meanwhile, involvement in sports, volunteer work and academic achievement are useful ways to divert energetic teenagers' thoughts away from sexual pursuits they might regret.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.