Sex ed: educating kids on sexual activities
Sex Education: What should be included?
Many wonder what should be taught during the sex education classes. Right now they talk about the Heterosexual aspect of sex. They also talk about different contraceptives and STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
As a society that is supposed to be more open on sexuality and diversity, LGBTQ should be talked about. Kids would probably understand more who they are if schools talk about it at a younger age and those who have 2 daddies or 2 mommies won't feel completely left out and shouldn't be ridiculed. Being diverse in the teachings should help lower bullying because the kids are using the information they don't know to make fun of people.
They talk a lot about male condoms and birth control pills. You don't hear much information about the IUD, the female condoms, the nuvaring or the birth control shots that can be taken. Some people cannot take the pills because they will constantly forget or because they are taking meds, like antibiotics, that go against the pills. People should hear about what other birth controls do and how it could help someone.
STIs has now become a joke.. People get bullied and people start rumours because nobody understands or knows how STIs look like. We hear the most about Herpes but obviously it is not the only one. People say that AIDs is mostly transmitted by gays. Kids need the information that ANYONE can get STIs or AIDs. Sex needs to be safe/protected.
Sex education: elementary school
In elementary school, kids should be encouraged to use the proper terms, such as penis and vagina, and also to understand the sexuality of society.
How can knowing the real words and encouraging to use them, hurt them? Knowing the real words will actually help them with the discomfort when it comes to talking about it. They won't be laughing at 15 years old at the words because it is something they grew up with.
If a kid learns about homosexuality and about being transgender, kids can maybe understand how they are and also who they are. An example of a young person understanding who they are is John Jolie-Pitt, who is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's son (born a daughter). He understands at such a young age that he wants to be a boy. His parents have been judged left and right because they are in the spotlight but both spoke out to say that they would allow him to do as he pleases.
Sex education: High School
In high school, the education is about how to prevent getting pregnant and also about different STIs. As much as it is great, LGBTQ should also be talked about in high school. It is the biggest moment that they will search for themselves.
Anti-pregnancy: Nobody really says what can happen when someone gets pregnant as a teen. In high school, you don't learn what happens to the dad, you don't hear of the possibilities that can also happen. You certainly do not hear about how a teen pregnancy or a pregnancy before being ready could affect the child.
LGBTQ: This is an important aspect in their lives because this is a moment where most of them find out who they are and where their sexuality brings them. If schools were open with this part of society, teens would be less bullied and also, they would understand themselves more.
AIDs and STIs: People need to understand the signs and symptoms of an STI and also of AIDs. As much as it is useful to know what it is and how to prevent it, people need to know how it is to have it in case it does happen. People should also be told to get tested when changing partners.
Sex education is a very big subject but also a very important subject that is talked about in schools. It is the most important subject because it affects life starting of when they are young all the way until they die.
Teachers can't feel awkward about teaching sex education and cannot be afraid to answer the questions that their students have even if it seems like an advanced question for that age group.
Parents also need to be open to answer the questions and maybe teaching them the stuff if the teachers don't do it.