Mum 2 Mum Global Foundation has urged teenagers to shun social vices that would have effect on them negatively.
The Founder of the Foundation, Chinenye Jerry-Amah gave the charge in Lagos at an empowerment summit organised for teenagers with the theme: “Social Vices, the Impact on Teenagers”.
The empowerment summit was attended by a large number of pupils from different schools in Lagos.
Jerry-Amah, who lamented the alarming rate of social vices among teens, said: “There is need for teenagers to be guided and be conscious of things they do, watch, as well as type of friends and guidance they associate with so that they won’t be misled.
On impact of movies on teenagers, an actress and filmmaker, Moyinoluwa Olutayo said: “No one can over-emphasise the power of the media, basically what movies should be doing is to actually entertain and educate the minds of people.
“The movie industry has actually done a lot of great work in the aspect of building the minds of teenagers, because of conflict resolutions, but it’s rather unfortunate that we are in a society where people think what they choose to think and learn what they choose to learn.
“There is no movie that sought to encourage vices, or any producer that would come out purposely because he wants to pollute people’s minds, but we still have some work to be done.”
She noted that a lot of people have been able to structure their lives positively well because of some things they have seen in the media.
Olutayo also applauded Lagos State government for making sure the teens don’t go astray.
She advised teenagers to be content with what they have and stay focused.
Also, a representative of Child Protection Network (CPN), Dr. Oluwatoyin Ojegimi, said teenagers needed to know that their bodies belong to God and shouldn’t abuse it.