NYA advises youth to cease watching pornography on social media

By Majesty 3 Min Read

Due to the possibly detrimental consequences of p*rnographic material on their wellbeing, young people have been advised not to consume it, especially on social media platforms.

Such material could erode their moral compass and encourage unsafe sexual behaviour, which raises the risk of s3xually transmitted infections (STDs) and school dropout, particularly in the case of females.

During a three-day training session in Koforidua, the Eastern regional capital, Nelson Owusu Ansah, the deputy chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Youth Authority (NYA), provided this counsel.

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The goal of the conference was to improve the understanding of s3xual reproductive health issues among seventy social media young leaders and influencers.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and other partners helped the NYA organise the event, which was named “Youth Reproductive Education through Awareness, Communication, and Health Promotion.”

Its objective was to give participants the means to use their platforms to successfully educate young people, particularly attending to their needs around s3xual and reproductive health.

Mr. Ansah emphasised that young people frequently view s3xual information on their phones or the gadgets of their parents, which could have a detrimental effect on them in the future. Given that youngsters make up over 70% of the population, this behaviour could increase the risk of having unprotected sex and lead to a dependence on pornography.

The National Youth Authority (NYA), in partnership with UNESCO, UNFPA, and other partners, arranged the participation seminar as a response to these issues.

The intention was to give them the information and resources they needed to warn their fans about the dangers of pornographic media consumption and careless s3xual behaviour on their own platforms.

The easiest approach to interact with these young people is through the same social media sites that they use to view various forms of pornography, Mr. Ansah continued. “These are people who need to be helped.”

Felix Kwame Yeboah Jr., an Akim Oda blogger with between 23,000 and 25,000 followers, stated that he plans to use his platform to teach young people about the advantages of social media.

Bono East blogger Abigail Boateng said she already uses her platform to teach young people about healthy subjects including commerce, reproductive health, and advocacy programmes that address a range of challenges.

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