Good evening, honorable judges, teachers and friends.
I am glad to have
been given this opportunity to talk to you today. The title of my speech is
'Social ills among teenagers'. A lot has been said about the deviant behavior of
teenagers. Our education system, the media, teenagers themselves and their
parents have been blamed. here is no need to point an accusing finger at any
particular group, but keeping mum over the
issue is tantamount to condoning it. Our
youths are our most valuable assets. They are the future leaders of the nation.
The harm has already been done and it is now up to us to undo it.
One of the
main reasons why our youths go astray may be
the lack of parental supervision. Nowadays, both parents go out to work.
Children are left in the care of foreign maids and child-minders. As a result,
they are faced with the threat of the disintegration of the family values and
thus, the rising trend in social ills and crimes among teenagers. Parents should
closely monitor the activities of their children and be understanding.
parents are often too busy pursuing their own careers to spare some thought for
the welfare of their children, children grow up with little religious or moral
guidance. When they do not get love and attention at home, they seek attention
from others who may or may not come from similar backgrounds. Thus, the social
ills affecting our youth may be a reflection of a much larger problem, such as
the disintegration of the family unit.
Ladies and gentlemen, the media may
also play a part in the moral degradation among teenagers. Television programs
which show violence and sex and glorify other negative aspects should be
restricted. There should also be stricter enforcement of the ban on pornographic
Teenagers with little or nothing to do during their spare time
usually take to the streets. Therefore, recreational facilities such as those
found in sports complexes should be available to all youths. at present,
existing recreational facilities seem to either be exclusively for the rich or
for older people. the establishment of teen clubs and community centers, that do
not charge high fees and that specially target teenagers, should be given top
In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, everyone, including religious,
educational and social institutions, as well as individuals and the media, must
cooperate with the authorities to combat the social ills afflicting our
teenagers. It is important that people, especially youths, do not get into the
rut of moral decay. There should be a thorough study of the problem before a
proper strategy can be mapped out to channel our youths towards healthier
Thank you for your kind attention and have a nice day.