Public Display of Affection (PDA)

Issac Humphrey, Staff Writer

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Public Display of Affection (PDA) is commonly known to be inappropriate to show at school. PDA includes hugging, kissing, holding hands, and touching each other in play. Most teachers dislike it and  students don’t pay attention. It does not even have to involve affection, as long as it is touching, it still counts as PDA.

One of Bijou’s Teachers, Victoria Reid, says, “It makes me feel uncomfortable.  It should not be used in school or even in public outside of school.” She stated that the best places to show PDA would be “at home or in a dark movie theater where you will not make any one uncomfortable.”

There are several things that influence young people to participate in displays of affection. Reid thought one influence would be the movies. “I show movies in class that may have PDA in them, but they are informational movies or films about how PDA is an inappropriate thing,” states Reid.

Displays of affection are private interactions.  It is best for people to display affection privately.  It is an unwritten rule.  It shouldn’t be shown in a public place.  Simple hugging and holding hands is appropriate, but kissing and excessive touching is a more private action.

In public places it is important for teens to refrain from public displays of affection. In order to get teens to stop and cooperate, posters with information about why it is important not to show PDA in school can be used to convince them.  The main goal is to cut back on PDA and increase focus on school. Another way could be an announcement every morning when school starts and after lunch.  It could give the message to respect one another and keep your hands to yourself.  Overall any PDA shown in school should be abolished.

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