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Sexually Active Children Who Should be Teaching the Children Sex Education?

Sex education is an extremely sensitive subject. After all, sex is a very private matter, contrary to what the media and celebrities would have us believe, (i.e. Brangelina)  . Furthermore, it is a moral issue and a health issue. It encompasses areas of life that are very personal. When responsible parents think of their children being taught sex education at school, it can create anxiety.

Where should this responsibility lie? What if parents are unwilling or irresponsible and don’t teach their children sex education? It certainly is not a viable course of action to let the media and celebrities who change partners as often as the rest of us buy new shoes to educate children with the wrong attitudes toward sex. The best way to handle the subject of sex education is for parents and the school to open the lines of communication and work together to educate children.

Young people should not be engaging in sexual activity. However, it would be naïve to believe that if children are not taught sex education, they will not engage in sexual activity. Children need to be taught abstinence. However, they should be told the ramifications of unprotected sex. Teenage pregnancies are unfortunately all too common. Suddenly a young person who cannot provide for himself or herself is now responsible for providing for another person. All too often this can lead to abortion or abuse and neglect of children. Also, the relationship will not last and these young people will have to grow up quickly and try to learn to parent the child and communicate with the other parent. Additionally, the young people will be subject to gossip and ridicule when rumors spread regarding the sexual relationship.

Furthermore, unprotected sex can lead to sexually transmitted diseases or cervical cancer. Charles, a father of two, from Maryville, believes that it is imporant to make sex education classes mandatory, beginning in Junior High School.  He says" parents are dropping the ball given the incidence of teenage pregnancies and the steady increase in sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers.  Kids are not getting the message.  Providing sex education is not condoning sex among young people; it is just necessary to arm our children with knowledge."  It is vital that children be educated on an age appropriate level about sex education. If parents are unable or unwilling to educate their children about this subject, then the schools must educate children. It is imperative for the health of the children and for the protection of society as a whole.

The best thing parents can do for children is make sure they are educated about sex so they have the ability to make the right decision. For more information about how to talk to children about sex.   http://health.discovery.com/centers/sex/kids/birdsandbees_03.html is an excellent website to help teach parents how to educate their children about sex in an age appropriate way.   The education should take place at home and at school.  After all, if parents and school don't educate children, someone will.
 

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