As tech gadgets are wildly popular, pedagogues increasingly stumble upon sexually explicit material on teenagers’ telephones. Tamara Tuaeva is one of them. An English language teacher at school number 5, the 30-year-old notes that “such videos are often found in the phones of the youngest and middle-aged school kids. The measures against such are simply to delete the videos, which teachers do.”
Parents, on the other hand, feel powerless - not that those findings push them to be more open about sex with their sons and daughters. When an explicit video was found in the phone of a child whose parent is a teacher, the mother reacted by saying that she simply cannot control it all and then such things are simply freely available on the Internet. At a conference held at the end of August 2017, Nataly Gassieva, South Ossetia’s Minister of Education, flagged the possibility of banning the use of smartphones in schools, allowing only handsets without Internet connection - officially the motivation was that students would not get distracted. No ban has been implemented thus far though.
Olga Michailidi, headmaster at Tskhinval’s school number 2, maintains that in any case it would not be enough. “A comprehensive approach is needed,” she notes.
I think that having such talks,I think that separately with boys and girls, should be a regular practice, but not every teacher is capable of doing that.
We should return to methods used in the past, during the USSR. Back then it was ideal, there was a subject called ‘The Ethics and the Psychology of Family Life.’ We should not have someone talking to children about his/her personal experience, but teaching [to them] the following specific textbooks and books. If prepared, a person can both teach the course in the right way and have the right approach to the students’ questions. In most cases, the children are shy to ask to their parents, and parents cannot always give the right answer. So a prepared person [educator] can do all that, easily. Also children [tend to] feel more at ease with such a person. I think that there should be specialists who would not do harm. To anyone who just says ‘I can do that’ [I respond] it’s not so! It’s not about personal experience, the teachings must be based on textbooks. There were and there still are such books. However these books must exclude the word ‘sexual education,’ [considering] the Ossetian tradition the best word [to present it] is ‘ethics.’ ‘Ethics and culture,’ or ‘Ethics and Psychology of Family Life’ is what can provide the right answers to the questions of the children and be in line with our traditions.