Sex Education in Schools
These days children are bombarded with sexually vivid images. Whether it is a raunchy music video or a revealing advertisement, this generation is being exposed to sex everywhere. They are also being exposed to a wide range of attitudes and beliefs in relation to sex and sexuality. To a naive mind these appear contradictory and confusing. On one hand they are listening to messages that emphasize the risks and dangers associated with sexual activity and on the other hand they infer from the media that being sexually active makes a person more desirable and mature. Sex and sexuality are very sensitive subjects and must be approached with caution. With sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies being a cause for concern, it has become imperative that sex education be taught by educated professionals who are trained to field questions regarding sexuality.
There are two schools of thought on sex education: one that promotes Planned Parenthood and the other that promotes abstinence until marriage. Most parents are not equipped to answer the questions asked by kids about sex. Sex education, therefore, needs to be taught at all levels in school in an age specific manner. Children need to know and there is no point avoiding the topic.
It is important that the youth understand that sex can be beautiful between two consenting adults in a relationship who are willing to face the consequences. Effective sex education includes work on attitudes and beliefs along with skills development which enables the youth to choose whether or not to have a sexual relationship taking into account the potential risks of any sexual activity. Sex education in schools replaces the children’s doubts with confidence. Armed with sex education, we can hope that the youth will make educated choices.