Northern Caribbean University College of Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences Department of Communication Studies Informative Speech Outline In partial fulfillment of the requirements of the course COM 251: Oral Communication Instructor: Rural Simmons By: Samaritan Reid 601 00155 Section A 12/02/201 5 Topic: Should I blame Mommy and Daddy? Introduction: Fourteen year old Stacy-Ann is five months pregnant. Her twenty-eight year old mother is unemployed and she rarely sees her father because he is always away on the farm-work programmer, and when he does return to Jamaica, he never visits her.
Stacey-Ann, the first of several children for both parents, lives with her mother and stepfather. She had a forty-eight year old boyfriend, with whom she had sex occasionally. Now she is pregnant with her stepfathers brother’s child. Her mother knew and encouraged it, because it was putting food on their table and sending her and her siblings to school. Thesis: Parents, especially mothers, in most cases, should be penalized for their underage daughters becoming pregnant. Teenage pregnancy continues to be a major public-health challenge in Jamaica and should be addressed even more often.
Teenage mothers are more likely to ace maternal mortality as their bodies are not mature enough to have children. Approximately 18 per cent Of children born in Jamaica are attributed to adolescent girls. They are also more likely to have premature babies, complications during labor, babies with low birth weight and low use of antenatal health care. The question is frequently asked, should parents be penalized for their underage daughters getting pregnant? While this may go for many, there are a few whose parents did not condone their unruly behavior.
Whenever an underage girl is taken in the hospital to give birth, it would be the nurses’ responsibility to call in a representative from the Child Development Agency (CAD) and or the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offenses and Child Abuse (ISAAC), so that these cases can be handled professionally, and not just be thrown through the window. These men and parent or parents who know of these behaviors should be charged and or thrown into prison. With that said, there are three factors that I think could help to alleviate this problem and if possible put an end to it.
Firstly, fathers should play an active role in their child’s life. A father’s presence does a lot to child even when they do not have material things to give them. Fathers are role models. They also teach little boys how to be real men and little girls what to look for in a man. Fraud’s theories that girls seek out partners in life who resemble their own dads are not far from the truth. The reason is simple, what a child sees at home is what they become accustomed to, what they surmise is normal and what they will strive to achieve throughout their lives. Next, parents should take charge of their homes.
They need to take greater responsibility for their children, especially as it is related to monitoring their interactions on social media or what they are watching on television. Parents need to be vigilant; know what their children are doing on social media platforms like Faceable, Keep and others. Pornographic sites are one of the most popular visited sites online around the world, and children now-a-days have easy access to these sites, hence the need for parents to continuously monitor their activities. Also, parents should try their utmost best to monitor where their children go and who they go with.
They might not necessarily learn how to do certain unruly things from their home, but they will get it somewhere else and bring into the home. Finally, parents should love their children regardless…. Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon.. Lisa Hanna in her charge at a Community Forum and Expo at the Allan Town Primary School in the Central Kingston community, urged parents to show their children love and affection: “If you do not show your children love and affection, she said, they will find it in the arms of someone else (who will take advantage of them)”.
She went on to beg parents not to take out their anger towards a partner, on their children. This will scar them and again, they will find love and affection somewhere else. Conclusion: Drastic actions should be awaken against parents who are found out to be supporting their underage daughters having relationships with older men.