The importance of sex education among the youth

The importance of sex education among the youth

The youth of today is faced with modernization and it has brought a lot of negative consequences in their lives. A good “sex education” is needed so that the youth can gather their acts together.

Sexual risk taking behavior has increased in the past decades and this has brought an increase in unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and abortions among others. Why are these behaviors bad, you may ask? Simply because it can ruin and risk their lives if they are suddenly become pregnant and their bodies are still young, it might cause maternal mortality too, and they might get STDs if they are having unprotected sex and multiple sex partners. Early pregnancy too can affect their future as they need to stop going to school. A good “sex education” is the solution to these problems. My interest in this issue is borne by the concern about the future of the youth.

Youth and Pregnancy

According to the Advocates of Youth as many as 529,000 women die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy is the leading cause of death for young women ages 15 through 19.

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The importance of sex education among the youth


  • A good “sex education” can serve a s a guide for the youth. We saw in the news as documented by CNN (December 2, 2009) that there is rise in “sexting”. Sexting is the exchanges of visual and sexual images through the use of cell phones. The youth are more into risky sexual behavior now more than ever. The family as a basic institution is challenged to face the consequences of such behaviors in the life of the youth.

However the family as an institution needs the education sector to help them out with the problems of the youth for the simple reason that the youth spends so much time in the school and it has a great influence in their lives. Education is still the second institution in charge of nurturing them. A good “sex education” should be in placed.

What the education sector needs to do to help shape the youths lives in terms of sex education:

They must implement or include a curriculum review to include a good “sex education” topic which includes the overall package of:

  • Inculcating the value of self worth among its student so that they have a high regard of themselves and so they can have self confidence and say no to sexual predators and to those who lure them.
  • They should have a sense of moral values to know the value of life itself
  • They should have “sex education” which include not only knowing the anatomy of body parts but how to take care and protect themselves, and other issues regarding personal hygiene
  • The importance of knowing the consequences of physically abusing themselves and engaging in sexual risky behaviors should be part of the curriculum too, like early pregnancy, they might die if they give birth and are still young, and the consequences of having babies, as they are still baby themselves. Not necessarily how to use protection as this might have the wrong idea to have sex as long as you use contraception but at least they know that they have options. Now this is a controversial topic, so parents should be involved as well to help to come up with agreeable topics to include in the curriculum.
  • Consultation with parents is a good idea to come up with a better idea on how to come up with a subject matter agreeable to both the parents and school officials. This can be included in the subject social studies or physical education subjects.
  • Stakeholders such as the advertisers federation, parents, youth representatives, government agencies and the education sector should have a regular meeting to at least come up with monitoring and evaluation guidelines whether programs or subjects are properly implemented.
  • The new curriculum should cover basic values such as respect to human beings to avoid prejudiced (as in the case of beatings because the other students are gay (this was featured in CNN the same date as above) must be included too. This will avoid on and off campus violence among the youth. This should be included as the subject matter in sex education, respect for every human beings sexual orientation.
  • The government can have a share too in this endeavor by shelling out money out of the taxes from the parents of these youth. Instead of investing in other areas, they should invest in the youth, because they are still the future of the motherland.

Thank you for the read. And we should all make sex education among the youth a concern for everyone.

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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Right on target here.

It is my understanding however, that it is the family that gives education the most difficulty in trying to implement such programs particularly for pre-teens. There seems to be a common belief that education encourages sexual acting out behaviors, which in my mind is absurd.

Another stimulating hub.


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Georgiakevin 6 years ago from Central Georgia

I teach in a county in Georgia that has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state and a high rate of sexually transmitted diseases. It is also one of the poorest counties in Georgia. I know teen mothers who are third and fourth generation early teen mothers. Sex education is wonderful but for it to work there must be support from families of these girls. For this area it is time to stop the pattern. Now if only i could get the families to buy in to it.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Over the years, I've seen my share of children born out of wedlock. Education is the key to preventing just about everything. I think that most of sex education needs to begin at home--you're absolutely right about parents being educated in the matter of sex education as well. Parents should be held accountable for their children's actions.

Thanks for a great hub, Maita!


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Great Points Maita, I agree that sex education should include ideas from the parents. Thanks


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Midasfx 6 years ago

great hub, i think that they should show more movies about the negatives of sex. parents arent doing their job well enough in the sex ed. dept. so I think fear might be enough to prevent young kids from having sex. It seems to me that they think becuz they practice safer sex means they are ok. I know at the USC campus in irvine, CA has condoms ( flavored, glowing the dark,...etc) in almost every bathroom. If that's not promoting sex then i dont know what is.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks Revlady the family and education system should be hand in hand to solve this problem. Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi georgiakevin, yes family is very important in this case, if they will not help, nothing can be achieved, thanks for dropping by, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

I agree with you Dohn, thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks Truth for the read, and I agree with you too, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Midas, yes, you are right, the movie is a good tool and media to help shape the youth charater too, thanks for the read, Maita


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aware 6 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

when i read this , i was thinking in my head, dang she writes like a pro.I also love it that your putting out helpful information ,You seem to me to be a person that wishes to help others. and i want to thank you for that.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi aware, i used to write published research article mostly on sociological issues, thanks very much for the read, and yes I do care a lot, how are you? Maita


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I think sex education starts at home, but the parents have to be willing to explain things calmly and rationally to their kids. I know people who are teenagers and they are learning more from the TV and movies and friends than at school or at home from "responsible adults". That's the way the world is going, it seems. I agree with the picture thing on mobile fones, it's worrying. A workmate asked me to send him a pic to his mobile fone, I told him to go jump!...


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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Morning Maita, another good job. This is very important to our young people and to parents. I think the younger you can explain sex education to your kids the better. Now getting them to listen and practice what you preach is another story. We can only do the best we can. Thanks. K.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Sex is life - and should be a part of ongoing education from early childhood. How sad that it is still considered 'filthy' in this culture and so we treat it accordingly. Sigh!

I've taught for a million years and believe me - our teenagers are not savvy, hip, knowledgeable - in fact they are regularly taken advantage off because they are put out there in the world, totally unprepared.

I just read that STDs are once again epidemic among teenagers. Great! - blame them for being irresponsible - but not the adult culture that doesn't prepare them.

Thanks for this hub!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

BKCreative, i agre with what you said that sex is life, and also that there is a need for teen agers to be prepared so that they will have to say No and know when to say BIG NO< and to respect and take care of themselves, thnaks for the read, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Kerry, hi, I agree with you the younger the better, so that they know what to do with their physical self too and avoid the consequences, hows your day going, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cheeky girl, yes I agree with you, calmly and rationally and sex education should start from home, really, thnaks for the read, maita


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TINA V 6 years ago

Sex education will help a family understand the effects of teen marriage or pre-marital sex. This is one area that parents sometimes neglect to discuss with their children.

Great hub!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Tina V agree with you on that one, thanks for the read, Maita


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Wow great Hub here, Maita, comprehensive, informative and helpful... :D


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Right on the money, Maita!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks GH, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi carolina, yes money too, thanks for the read, Maita


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mercon 6 years ago

aw... nice hub.. i like it :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks for the read mercon!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey PDH, there are more comments than written in your Hub. LOL However, I am glad that you shared this information with others, because it is a very important part of child development. I hope more people read it and comment even more, because it is that important. Keep up the good work.


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Bovine Currency 6 years ago

Great hub. I think our education system (sorry, I will note I am in Australia but I believe the problem is very far reaching) has gone too far. The political correctness, neo-liberalist-feminist-post-modernism revivalist whatever the heck it is. Kids need discipline but they are running the show! I am 27 this month and even getting to this age I have noticed it is far worse since I left in school.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thanks Cagsil for the read, and yes I wish many can read this one, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Bovine, happy bday this month, they sure needs discipline, I heard that in Aus, it got worst too, thanks for the read, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi sexves thnaks for the read and I agree with you, maita


unknown 6 years ago

y parents don't want to discuss about sex educational to their children?

..sex education is important because it can help preventing the poverty experiencing in some country,it can also help the student to be aware about that thing.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

you're right and you nailed it unknown, Maita


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I'm not sure sex education helps, as they will still have sex if in the mood or after drinking alcohol, and if there are no condoms handy they will chance it believing that nothing bad can happen to them.


KLeichester 5 years ago

Many would think it a cliché, but then again, in reality it is a must. Teach the young, so they be wiser.


medical blog 5 years ago

It's hard to imagine a more important topic to teach kids.


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prasadjain 5 years ago from Tumkur

It is an accepted fact that sex education should be necesserily given to adolecents. But the qn is about its syllabus and method.

Sex education to be given in India differs ti that in the west. Though Indian youngsters are fast getting addicted to western habbits of 'free life' ( though westerners themselves have realised its harms) there is quite a large number of Indian youngsters who still believe and obey ancient values.While 'sex before marriage is a common experience in the west, it is still 'a holy thing' for majority of Indian youths, especially, ladies.

Hence, we in India, through sex education, wish to make hasty youths to understand that-

1, 'Self control' as pracised by our ancesters is still a good thing to maintain.

2. Sex before marriage is not good. And sex with the married partner only, is much essential.

3 Description of the growth of sex organs as the age advances and the biological factors involved in it, to make them understand that- such physical developments and psychological attractions towords opp.sex aree natural, but we should not succumb to that and keep ourselves out of that till marriage.

4 Values like-fear for God,respect and obedience towords elders, sexual sincearity for the partner etc, are to be maintained.

5 Impressing about the sexout sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS

........and such other related things.

i strongly feel that western adult community should change itself if it wants its future young generation to be safe and healthy. Adults should give up changing life partners frequently: family life should be maintained. Parents should spend sufficient time with children and they should not send them to be 'independent' in their adolescent age.

I know the western society has come a long way to go back to this style of living. But, eastern countries like Indian subcontinent, Japan, China etc, are comparitively happier in their family lives because, theys till believe and maintain in such values.But, now the grip is loosing, only to suffer!


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US Author

Culture plays an important role in the values and behavior of the youth. Number 3 and 5 are very important aspect of sex education.

Parasadjain, thank you for such valuable input and description of youth in India, it is good to know about it. I can see that sex during marriage is the accepted norm there as well.


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france1982 5 years ago from Planet Earth

I have watched "Let's Talk About Sex The Film Trailer". It is related that: "Young people in America don't know the risks associated with sex, and because of that, American teen pregnancy and STD rates are among the highest in the industrialized world."


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france1982 5 years ago from Planet Earth

Sad Fact... : "Every day in America, 10,000 teenagers catch an STD, 2,400 young girls become pregnant, and 55 young people are infected with HIV."


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zob2zob 5 years ago from Alien mothership currently residing on planet Earth, UK, England.

Hi,

I used to be a youth worker in the UK.

We used o go on sex education courses to learn how to responcibley give advice and condoms out.

In reality we did nothing. The local council didn't want us to give out condoms so they used to say only for a half hour slot before youth club started, yet none of us were encouraged to arrive before it started or answer the door. In the whole 6 years of being a youth worker I never gave 1 condom out. Ridiculous.

I also wanted to take young people into schools who had contracted HIV virus, experiencing teen pregnancy, drug addiction, etc, but that was to hard edge apparently.

In contrast I was a single parent for years I have 5 children and 2 of them are old enough to have children. 24 and 19 respectively but neither of them have. I bought them the Claire Raynor Body Book & we used to read it from the age of 5 years.

I got pregnant at 17 years. I got taught 'sex education' at school. I also got told a completely different thought concept at home, I stiupidly believed my mother, & didn't believe the truth. I didn't know that a man 10 years older than me could lie about a vacsemtamy, & I didn't have the heart to tell my parents either.

I think that to take young people with life experiences into schools the world over would be the way to go. as everyone has this attitude that nothing bad will ever happen to them it will always be to someone else!!


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US Author

hi zob2zob, Thanks for your comments, that is every valuable lesson, experience and outreach. I am glad that you work for the youth and that you can share to them what is the best for them, not to ruin their lives. I think you're children will be great as you really know the subject form heart bec you experience it. I like your idea of taking experience to school. That's great!!!


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Sticky Doc. 5 years ago

Sex education is very important and It's interesting how we don't educate our children about masturbation either. Maybe if as parents and as a society we got rid of the bad stigma associated with masturbation and taught our children the consequences of sex and the safety of masturbation we would see a change in pregnancy and STD statistics.


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US Author

Sticky Doc, you're spot on. I agree with you 100 percent!


cyraene-joh_anne 5 years ago

sex education helps me to widen my knowledge about its importance and otherwise it gives me a lot of informations regarding on its bad effects or results.As a student i have my own right to be given more knowledge about this topic because i can share it to my co-students.....I THANK FOR THIS INFORMATIONS...


Uche 4 years ago

In Nigeria and Africa at large,sex education is not taught in schools except in our homes where our parents feed us with holy lies about sex.African youth are left groping in the dark where ignorance is the king and lord.Ciao.


Uche 4 years ago

In Nigeria and Africa at large,sex education is not taught in schools except in our homes where our parents feed us with holy lies about sex.African youth are left groping in the dark where ignorance is the king and lord.Ciao.


Joseph 4 years ago

Thanks for this piece of information, my understanding on sex is being enlighten. Africa as a continent need more insight.

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