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Children deserve condoms

13 March 2015, 14:33 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - The other day, the president of Kenya decided to launch condoms that are made for children. Obviously the public reaction was very predictable and so like Kenyans; people were angry that he would dare do such a thing. Mothers were angry that it was so like a man to think of buying the child something to enable their bad behavior. On the other hand I am sure that at the back of their minds these same people may have also been thinking that maybe that was the best move but none of them would be the first to step forward and say that it was a good move because it really was.


Who are we trying to kid? Parents want to act like their children are saints yet most of them the only time they spend with these children is in the evening. Some do not even get to have supper with their own children. They see each other on Sunday heading to church come back home and maybe the chamas then take over. So while you are away, are you even aware of what your child is up to? Are you even aware who their friends are and what they do at so and so’s house in the name of fun? A child will not play videogames the whole time they are cooped up in a house or at a friend’s. Children talk and children talk about things that they see, they hear and what they are curious about.


Unless you have also ensured that they have been brought up analogue since birth and do not even know what the internet is then you should question yourself real hard. In our day and age, children know about sex, some even are already practicing it without your knowledge. The child has heard how sex is good and it is only meant for grown-ups. Now put yourself in the child’s shoes ad think to yourself, if you have a child just imagine yourself at their age. If you heard that you are banned from doing something that the grown-ups are allowed to do, which was supposedly fun, what would have been your first reaction and thought?


Obviously not ask the parents, unless you have an open door policy; and truth be told not many African parents have that kind of relationship with their children. I can imagine the smacking I would have gotten if at a time we were watching television and I felt curious enough to ask my parents about sex. I would have been starved and slept on gravel even. So your child will not ask you; they will ask the friend, and since the friends do not know either, they will settle to learn about it together. That is how children end up practicing sex at a young age without your knowledge. Spoon enough videogames take the back banner and the more secretive acts take the lead.


So would you rather have your child aware and protected or would you rather have them blind when they are out there? You do not know what your neighbor’s sexual proclivities are, neither do you know what diseases they might have and maybe have passed onto their child. While your child is with them, they are at their mercy. Same goes for relatives, you never know these people as much as you would like to think. We all have dirty linen that we keep in dark places.


Grow out of your head and ego, be humble enough to admit that you will not be able to protect your child all day, every day. Even their caretakers are a risk. So educate the child, sit down with them and tell them if this and this happens tell me, let us go and approach the President’s plan. It is not just about him giving children condoms but him building awareness for them to be safe as a new and fast moving generation.

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