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UNICEF, LINE WEBTOON launch special online cartoon episodes of “Teenage Mom” to help prevent adolescent pregnancy

 “Teenage Mom” cartoon

BANGKOK, 23 August 2017 – UNICEF and LINE WEBTOON, a popular online cartoon platform, have launched three special episodes of the series of the popular “Teenage Mom” cartoon. The special episodes aim to provide adolescents with critical information about sexuality and sexual rights, with a focus on preventing unwanted pregnancy among adolescents. 
The “Teenage Mom” cartoon portrays the lives of adolescent characters as they encounter new emotions and sexual experiences. The special episodes, launched on August 20, aim to build understanding among adolescents on how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy as well as from HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases. The special episodes also provide adolescents with information on how and where they can access professional advice and youth-friendly services. 

“While adolescents enjoy reading online cartoons like the Teenage Mom, we need to give them access to the information they need to make informed decisions, and that will enable them to lead safe and healthy sexual lives,” said Valerie Taton, Deputy Representative for UNICEF Thailand. “We are thrilled to be working with LINE WEBTOON and with the author of this series to bring this critical information to adolescents in a way that captures their attention.”
Hana Cha, General Manager of Southeast Asia LINE WEBTOON said that “We are delighted to be part of this great opportunity to help distribute sexuality education to teenagers through “Roo Sak Nid Korn Kid Ja Rak” series from LINE WEBTOON. It is a story that use the main characters from “Teenage Mom”, an online cartoon that has the most viewed by users of LINE WEBTOON. We are sure that “Roo Sak Nid Korn Kid Ja Rak” series will provide a very useful information for users.”

The adolescent birth rate in Thailand is a major concern. For every 1,000 female adolescents aged 15–19 years, 51 give birth, according to the 2016 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, conducted by the National Statistical Office with support from UNICEF. Earlier this year, another UNICEF-supported study showed that sexuality education in Thai schools fails to equip students with the skills they need to adequately manage their sexuality and sexual rights.
The first episode of “Teenage Mom” was launched last year and became the most popular online cartoon on the LINE WEBTOON platform with over 1.6 million followers, primarily adolescents and young people. The newest episode can be found on www.webtoons.com/th or LINE WEBTOON application. The cartoon was also made into a TV series that on-air at 7pm every Saturday on LINE TV only.


To access to this series on LINE WEBTOON:
PC: http://www.webtoons.com/th/heartwarming/unicef-webtoon/list?title_no=1122
Mobile: http://m.webtoons.com/th/heartwarming/unicef-webtoon/list?title_no=1122
For more information, please contact:
Alistair Gretarsson, UNICEF Thailand, 092 256 2418 or agretarsson@unicef.org
Nattha Keenapan, UNICEF Thailand, 086 616 7555 or nkeenapan@unicef.org

LINE WEBTOON contact
Nattavadee Tangpanichdee, Communications Manager LINE (Thailand), 092 964 6656 or nattavadee.t@linecorp.com


 

 

 
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