Why Teaching Safe Sex Is Better Than Teaching Abstinence
I know many people feel strongly about this subject and we are all entitled to our own opinions. With that said I want to explain why teaching our tweens and teens about safe sex instead of abstinence is for sure the best thing for them.
Lets face it. Times have changed, people have changed and things don't work like they used to. Yes maybe in the 1920's it was definitely unacceptable to even say the word sex much less talk with your kids about it. That is not the case today. Each generation seems to be worse than the last. I know when I got to high school, sex was never a secret and everyone was having it. I don't mean just certain types of kids were having sex, everyone was. From Miss Goody Goody to the kids that rode the short bus.
Parents these days just do not get the fact that no matter what your little princess is telling you she IS doing more than you think. And it seems the age teens are having sex these days keeps getting younger. I was not ready or didn't even care about sex when I was 10 and 11 but tweens in this day and age do. With so many of our young people infected with some kind of STD and having babies, don't you think it is about time that we talk to our tweens and teens at an early age, explain it all so they do not hear it wrong from their friends, and most important... give them condoms and or birth-control?
The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world. There are 750,000 teen pregnancies annually with 8 out of 10 being unintended..OOPS!! Whats worse is 1 out of every 4 teen girls has AT LEAST ONE STD. At least one!!! That is crazy and totally disgusting. These kids are still just kids that need to be playing with barbies or something but instead they are having sex with this boy and that boy and his cousin and his brother and on and on. Apparently they don't know anything about sexually transmitted diseases. Why? Because they were taught abstinence over safe sex.
The four most common STDs are human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, herpes simplex virus and trichomoniasis. HPV causes cervical cancer if left untreated and Herpes never goes away. You will have it for life. There is no cure. Yes they may have meds that help but there is NO CURE I feel sorry for the kids who get in trouble like this just because they were taught abstinence instead of condoms. Parents should feel ashamed of themselves for not protecting their children and giving them the facts and tools they need to deal with sex.
So parents, start talking with your kids. If you're embarrassed get over it. If you need advice on how to talk with them you can find more info here
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