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Comprehensive Sex Education Should Be Taught in Schools

Updated on August 19, 2014

Here's What I Think about Sex Education in the Schools

There are only a few people who oppose sex education in schools, but more people oppose comprehensive sex education over abstinence-only programs. Although I understand the value of wanting kids to wait, I think it's misguided to think that having good information about sex and sexuality makes kids engage in such activity sooner. I also believe the lack of information puts kids at great risk.

I think that good, accurate information provided when it's age and developmentally appropriate, helps kids protect themselves against predators, assures that they develop a positive body image, and eventually are able to form better, healthier relationships once they are adults. Misinformation gained from peers and the media aren't a good way of gaining the information needed. Knowledge can make for healthier, safer, and happier kids who avoid unwanted pregnancies, STD's and more as they mature. Abstinence may be part of the program but should not stand alone.

Currently most funding for sex education by the federal government is exclusively for abstinence only programs.

Should Parents Provide Sex Education?

Yes, I think so...but will they?

The Facts about Comprehesive Sex Education

Want Your Kids to Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines?

Want Your Kids to Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines?
Want Your Kids to Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines?

or Perhaps from Schools Where They Might Get the Facts Straight?

or Perhaps from Schools Where They Might Get the Facts Straight?
or Perhaps from Schools Where They Might Get the Facts Straight?

Questions About Comprehensive Sex Education

I ask myself:

Would kids develop a better body image if they had a forum where they could discuss their changing body with an informed adult in a non-judgemental manner?

Would small children benefit from knowing what is appropriate touching versus inappropriate touching?

Is it possible kids would develop better intimate relationships as adults if they grew up feeling more confident about their bodies and understood the appropriate role of sex in real relationships?

Would teenagers be less likely to become pregnant or to develop STDs? Would they be more likely to report problems if they were informed?

Would more kids view sex as part of a committed relationship versus as being purely recreational if parents and teachers discussed such things a bit more openly versus leaving such important information to be conveyed by popular music, television, movies, and magazines?

If kids decide to have sex, which ultimately they will even if it's not until they're adults, why would we want their role model to be these media images versus something based on honest discussion?

Would kids get what they need from a comprehensive sex education program?

YOUR TURN!

Comprehensive Sex Education Should Be Taught in Schools

Photo Credit

Introduction: Lemoncat1.

Learn about Sex from TV and Magazines? Hans Voorn

Schools: LizMarie.

Sex Education Questions: Mermay19.

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