Gulu—7, August 2021: Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) has attributed spike in teenage pregnancies within Gulu district and city respectively to the impact of social media, and other online platforms.
Brenda Aromorach, is the FOWODE Gulu field officer. She disclosed to a local radio, Speak FM, that the appalling rate of teenage pregnancies in the greater Gulu up to 3,170 in only twelve months to platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Tik -Tok, Snapchat, Twitter, among others.
The above platforms have become the most used means of communication in the 21st century.
Brenda noted that although other factors like idleness and lack of parental guidance are “contributing factors” to teenage pregnancies, social media is the primary cause of this vice since girls are home and they drew their concentration to social media platforms.
She further added that parents do not give in their time to check on these young girls who are back from schools and are home. “Most of them spend their time on these platforms watching obscene photographs, videos and some end up getting involved in intimate relationships with old men on these platforms.”
Eve Lanyero is a former student of Makerere University Kampala. She says that fellow young girls have so far got engaged on social media platforms since they are idle at home.
She added that the lockdown and closure of schools has contributed to teenage pregnancies.” The internet is also one factor to blame,” she agrees with Aromorach.
She, however, appealed to the government to vaccinate the school going children and re–open learning institutions, adding that parents should keep their children busy with productive things so that we end the rate of teenage pregnancies in Uganda.
In Northern Uganda and particularly in Gulu city, it recorded 1,781 cases of teenage pregnancies. Its mother, Gulu district, recorded 1,171 cases in just 12 months.
“The cases of teenage pregnancy are very appalling,” the duo say.