Phone counseling, online and text message counseling is playing a role to create the means or opportunity for such a community,” points out Sok Phay from the Child Helpline.
But perhaps what is most urgently needed is information about practicing safer sex.
In this same way, youth are breaking away from traditional restrictions on sexual and reproductive health education, says Srun Srorn, advisor to One World UK, partnering with the Mo EYS to launch the E-learning programme.
Srorn is an activist who uses social media to reach marginalised youth, including the LGBT community, drug users, sex workers and migrant workers.
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She herself did not tell her parents when she started menstruating, but had a sympathetic relative help buy her monthly feminine products.
Monyl Loun, executive director of Inthanou, the other counseling service supporting the project, tells IPS that while love and relationships are “natural” at the age of puberty, the important thing is to learn about the “responsibilities of love, and information to prevent …
unintended pregnancy, HIVs and STIs.”Karaoke videos that play on televisions in buses and even the simplest cafes show romantic partners ending their lives over relationship problems.“KTV songs and dances are about love, broken hearts and marriage,” explains Srun, adding that most music videos depict couples killing or hurting themselves as a solution to their problems.
Many people often refer [to] counseling as giving advice or instructing people to do certain thing.
This is the difficulty that we experience: making people aware that counseling is a way of providing emotional support and empowerment as well as exploring options without judgment or assumption.”He describes the service as “pro-poor” and especially helpful for youth in rural areas, as one-on-one counseling can be expensive, while this service is free.