The world is a far more open place today than at any other time in the past. Gone are the days when sex and issues around sex were taboo topic. With with our movies, our TV shows and mass media becoming more and more laden with explicit sexual content, it is but natural that our children are becoming more and more open towards sex and physical relationships. In such a scenario, are our kids getting the right information from the right sources?
Delhi-based Life Coach and Counsellor Dr. S.P. Sharma believes that sex education can go a long way in ensuring that kids postpone sexual intimacy until they are ready. “Many children are confused about sexuality, sexual health and the risks and dangers associated with it,” he says, “It is therefore better for them to learn the facts from responsible adults before they fall prey to inadequate or worse, incorrect information. He believes that children around the age of fourteen are already finding out so much about that is real and unreal, true and false about romance, sex and relationships from so many sources like the movies, television, and the media that it is important for parents and teachers to sit them down and ensure that they have the right knowledge.
It is important to explain the meaning and implications of sex and physical relationships to teenagers/children as this is the time when they are most vulnerable to everything from STDs to HIV/AIDS. With increasing peer pressure, exposure to so many TV shows and movies of western lifestyle and the contrasting conservative outlook of many Indian households, the pressures Indian teenagers are under is immense. Mrs. S. Aruna, mother of two teenagers, says, “Teenagers are very curious about sex. They want to learn more and if their parents and teachers don’t talk to them about it, they have the internet and will find ways to find out from other ways.”
She’d rather they learnt the facts of life from someone responsible. She believes that the state of sex education in India is abysmal and if schools took some positive, affirmative steps to impart sex education, parents would be able to sleep a little easier at night.