Philadelphia parents disgusted that 11 year olds are being given condoms
Philadelphia’s Department of Health launched the new campaign aimed at fighting the spread of STDs including HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis and Chlamydia. The department’s website offer young girls who visit playful interactive instructions on how the female condom is used. The website then encourages young girls between the ages of 11 and 19 years to order their free condoms online to be delivered in the mail.
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11 year olds getting condoms?...isn't more parenting in order?
when kids get condoms at such an early age it says they are not being supervised enough...or giving in to peer pressure...
what's the answer?
...I have no opinion.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/healt … .html?_r=1
Again, I guess we humans are doing what comes naturally at a younger age.
this has been happening for some time...I think it's attributable to food;mostly hormones that are added which will affects girls development at earlier ages...
If that's so and the hormones are rampant, aren't kids doing what comes naturally?
If that's so, might it not be nice (reasonable) to offer education and protection?
Hormones he? Have you looked at the average fashion magazine or MTV show lately?
That would fall under the subject: education.
To my way of thinking, it's never to young to begin educating children about the most natural event all human life will experience.
Begin to prepare them early for, as you describe it; "Have you looked at the average fashion magazine or MTV show lately?" the reality of life.
To be in denial as a parent about what a child is being bombarded with from every facet of their lives, is naive...and I think, ignorant.
The "fact" is, it's happening!
We'd better deal with it logically and positively from home.
Love and education create "respect" and proper action.
Well, if they are not being supervised enough, or if they are the victims of poor parenting, then providing them with condoms will do nothing to change that. It might prevent them from contracting STDs or becoming pregnant, though. Isn't that a good thing?
At what age do you think condoms should be provided? Are you an abstinence only sex ed advocate?
Parents should be frank with their growing children and tell them the hazards of aids and sexually transmitted diseases and they should stop their children for sex at such an early stage.
Girls between the ages of 11 and 19 sounds an awful lot less alarmist than 11 year old girls!
Is there actually any evidence that out of this broad age range any condoms have actually been handed out to 11 year olds?
the article is alerting parents and the general public that girls as young as 11 can get these condoms ,in person or in the mail..without parents knowledge or permission.
would you approve of your daughter doing this?
I don't approve of anyone sticking their nose into other people's life. So, I wouldn't approve of this action.
However, Stacie, you didn't answer John's question. It says, and you said, that 11 year old girls can get them. That doesn't mean, that 11 year old girls are actually getting them or received them.
If the alternative was a unwanted pregnancy or a killer disease, I would grudgingly approve. I would rather believe that the vast majority of young girls are not going to enter a sexual relationship however "easy" we make it.
But that really is a distraction, including girls as young as 11 makes sure you include 99.9% of girls at risk. A higher cut off point at say 16 would leave many girls out.
And don't forget, not every girl has the benefit of parents who care, to leave vulnerable girls who aren't blessed with good parents is cruel beyond belief.
Why would an 11 year old need a condo? Where are his parents?
How old do you have to be to qualify for a townhouse?
if your kid's sexually active at age 11... then...
Let him/her make their own mistakes. Tell them "boy (girl), sex is what makes babies. You want a baby? If not, then try not to have sex. If you have a baby, then it's up to you to care for it."
... and that'd be that.
This has all been aired countless times around the world with the same old BS responses.
My message to those Philly morons is :
This kind of education where kids are told about sex and given the means to defend themselves against the problems that can come with it is essential.
Of course YOUR kids won't be having illicit sex, of course it is THEIR kids who get pregnant and all those nasty deseases - it is THEIR kids who need better parenting
Until it happens to you.
Grow up and get a real life - it is your failure that results in others having to protect your kids. If education saves one vulnerable kid from any one of the nasty problems that arise from 'not knowing' it is worth upsetting every stiff-necked moron in the state.
I think out of all the statements here, it seems you definitely hit the nail on the head. After all, there's nothing wrong with educating children about the dangers and pitfalls that could arise from sexual intercourse. Don't get me wrong, I hope children aren't having sex around that age. However, if they are, then it's best to educate them as soon as possible.
You've said it well. What people fail to recognize is that children are people, too. They are not some kind of robotic carbon copy of their parents.
They will step beyond the bounds of the most rigid morality parents can bombard them with. They will make their own rules, or no rules, regardless how strait laced parents are. And they will do it with little understanding or regard of consequences.
Only a moron would proclaim, with absolute assurance, that THEIR kids are different and would never do such things.
It is well and good that children are receiving realisitc sex education in schools. I totally concur with this but giving an 11 year old condoms! Now, that is going too far!
11 does seem soon, but at 12 they're having sex, now. So best to educate then when they're still 11.
Evan, it's not about letting them learn by their mistakes. If a child is brought into the situation it is no longer just about them and their mistakes, it's about a child's life, as well. Children raising children is far too common, so education at 11 is best.
Kids can get all sorts of things off the internet, including sex partners. That's why the should be supervised by their parents.
Lol, from the title I thought they were being given a condominium...
When 11 year olds are having babies ~ and potentially contracting serious diseases ~ then perhaps offering them condoms is the best response.
They are not telling them to have sex; they are responding to what is happening.
It is very sad, but it is also nature, and for some kids it seems like a good thing to do.
I cannot approve of children behaving like this, but if that is what they are going to do, then at least there won't be unwanted pregnancies and serious illnesses involved.
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