PARENTING STYLE WORKSHOP 2011
Discussing reproductive health contributes to the understanding of the subject. Reproductive health is a state of being healthy physically, psychologically and socially ensuring the continuing generation of descendants. If a person suffers from abnormalities with their sexual reproductive organs, or sexual function, either a physical or a psychological disorder, then the process will be unsuccessful leaving them unable to continuing their lineage at all.
Perception of reproductive health for teenagers referred to the sex only and in the public’s view usually automatically linked to a variety of things that are negative, coupled with the public assumption that sex is something dirty and inappropriate to be discussed. Sex is still considered taboo, and cannot be discussed freely which leads to teenagers being unable to read anything about sex education. Popular opinion is that sex is for adults only, and should not be discussed with teenagers or anyone who has not been married. It is natural for children and teenagers of this generation to have a very high curiosity about sex and if not discussed freely, this increases their curiosity. They will then search for information from any source that they can find; often the information that they receive is incorrect and from inappropriate sources. Sometimes if a teenager is not fully informed about sex, this may lead them to experiment with sex and maybe lead to a life of sexual promiscuity (free sex). This of course resulting in very harmful negative effects such as the increased risk of venereal disease and HIV as well as the breakdown of family relationships.
Considering the issue above, YKIP in cooperation with Yayasan Rama Sesana (YRS) conducted a seminar regarding women’s reproductive health and free sex and the consequences among teenagers. The seminar was held on 26 November 2011 at Hotel Bumiasih with guest speaker Dr. Sari, the Director of YRS. Attended by 30 participants, the objectives of the seminars were:
- Growing awareness for mothers to take care of reproductive health for themselves and their families.
- Give knowledge to parents on the dangers and risks of free sex among teenagers.
- Give information about prevention of transmission of HIV-AIDS.