Kudos to all teachers of junior high school and senior high school students who know about and talk to their teens about sex, alcohol and drug abuse. Yes, thumbs up to the exceptional teachers who make time to tell teens the truth about the ‘forbidden subjects’.
Some parents and teachers are of the view that it is when you talk to a teen about sex, drugs and alcohol that they are empowered to try them out wrongfully. Well, let’s take this example, teens are always told to learn hard all the time because it assures a secure future. Some do. What happened to the rest?
Aside the fact that there has not been any study that has found this fallacy to be true, whether you talk about it or not, teens will find out about it the wrong way. To be fair, it can be very challenging to figure out how to talk to teens about drugs, alcohol and sex in a way that won’t cause them to tune out. It is also difficult to know when students are in danger and when it is appropriate to intervene or let them their students know.
Again, most of these things happen off campus and aware from the glare of parents. Whatever the situation is, adolescent children are prone to the dangers that comes with sex, alcohol and drugs. As nurturers it is right that you start talking to students at an early stage (before they enter adolescence) because that is the time we have their attention. Research has shown that is better when these issues are discussed early and often using certain prescribed approaches.
In Ghana, the issue is usually up for discussion when students are caught in the act or have fallen into trouble as a result of drugs, alcohol or sex. An online source, proposes that teachers know the following approaches: