Facts and Characteristics of Sex Education
Sex education is a much debated topic among youngsters, teachers and parents. It is gaining such prominence because of the rising concerns related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), teenage pregnancy and abortions as well as rise of evil practices, such as rape and child sexual abuse.
From a very young age, kids are exposed to sexual descriptions and language in today’s environment. With age, their bodies are also experiencing and developing sexual responsiveness. Their curiosity is predictable, and the response they get from their parents or teachers should clarify, not confuse the issues for them. Sex education helps in preventing the teenagers from making mistakes.
In 2004, a survey conducted by National Public Radio, the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Kennedy School of Government has documented that more than 90 percent of parents support sex education in the schools. According to this study, 93 percent of parents found that the sex education programmes in their children’s school were helpful to their teenager in dealing with sexual issues.
Therefore, in keeping with the times, here are some facts on sex education.
According to extensive surveys that have conducted, sex education in no way contributes to increased sexual activity in young adults. In fact, it is beneficial in reducing the incidence of high risk sexual behaviour among youngsters.
According to estimates, more than half of the students who attend sex education programmes and learn about the advantages of using contraceptives, are actually willing to practice the use of condoms and other protection measures before indulging into any kind of sexual activity.
Most parents still think that their teenage children are not or cannot be sexually active whereas the stats show otherwise. The rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States is the highest compared to other countries. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the likelihood of sex increases with each school grade level, from 32 percent in ninth grade to 62 percent in 12th grade.
Sex education helps in quelling myths, such as one cannot get pregnant the time they have sex. Sex education program teaches young adults about the benefits of either contraception or abstinence.
Sex education has been very successful in curbing the rate of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. In fact, it actually informs people that contraceptives offer protection against these diseases. It also teaches them that it is important to use a contraceptive even before, because some STDs such as genital herpes can also spread without intercourse.
Characteristics of Effective Sex Education
Various authorities have recognized some of the critical characteristics of effective sex education. These progammes also work as HIV/STI prevention education programs. These programmes:
- Provide appropriate information on sexual health;
- Are designed in assistance with participants of the target community, particularly young adults;
- Help in assisting teenagers to explain their individual, family, and community values;
- Give information, which is medically accurate about both abstinence and contraception;
- Provide information on preventing HIV, other STIs, and teen pregnancy.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 14, 2011
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