If children knew more about the dangers of sex at a younger age, it could improve society in a positive way. Sex targets a large group of young people and usually starts being put into action with teenagers. 20 percent of teenagers admit that they would still have sex, even if contraceptives were no longer made available to them. (pregnantteenhelp) Some schools teach abstinence only programs. An example of this is Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaskan governor and the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate.
The major dilemma is the fear of giving condoms as a green light to go forth and have sex. When in reality giving condoms could be an inexpensive and affective prevention measure that school districts could incorporate. The choice to use a condom during sex can make all the difference in determining the participants’ future. Even though some adults feel the distribution of condoms in high school may promote the act of sex, passing out condoms will encourage teens to fully protect themselves. Sexual activities during high school appears to be based on peer pressure, alcohol/and or drug consumption, due to the peer pressure and the desire to fulfill curiosity.
Many schools teach sex education to children. Teaching sex education can help children in many ways as well informing them about what they should do and not do. Many young men and woman start puberty at an early age which is why they should know about sex. As it is stated in the selection, “Sex education has aimed mostly at saving young girls from early sex --- and, therefore ---- from sexually transmitted disease, while preserving the institutions of marriage and family” (Friedman 773). Therefore, for the reason being that many young girls and boys need to be informed about sex education.
In a society where teenagers engaging in sexual activity is continuously rising, it is important to be open minded about the education and care that goes into these teenagers about sexual education. Two options for these teens are abstinence only education, and allowing contraceptives to minors. Each of these methods receive backlash because of ethical reasoning. Parents do not want to hear about their children being taught about contraceptives and gaining access to them, while critics of the “abstinence-only” education believe that it is not effective on its own. Of those who do not believe abstinence only education is solely effective, many are supporters of introducing a broader education that treats abstinence as a way to avoid pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections(STIs), but to also include information about contraceptives and condoms (Alford, 2007, par.
The government (federal and local) through schools, parents, organizations, and media need to work together to provide appropriate information that support a coherent sex education for young people. We have some contradictions that are necessary to fix. For example, at this moment more than 86% of schools have abstinence programs, but the mass media provide to teenagers programs where the scenes have too much sexual content. If media provide these kinds of programs and is influential with young people, abstinence program do not work appropriately. Young people need to have proper information that they can evaluate the risk to have sex intercourses without protection as condoms or contraceptives that prevent STD’s or unwanted pregnancies.
Parents also fear that if adolescent teens are given a choice of contraceptive, it is as if given permission to engage in sexual activities. Although this is a very common opinion, it is only a misconception of the real facts. By “…age 15, 27% of girls and 33% of boys have had sexual intercourse,” (Singer). Most of these parents want to blame these statistics on the schools having contraceptives readily available, but they are clearly wrong. The truth is, adolescent teens will engage in sexual activities if and when they choose.
This is so important in the education of teens because they are a group in society that have been known to have multiple sex partners. Research contends that teenage dating has significantly changed from previous decades. Dating use to be something that was a big deal and more formal. A date was something teens to great pride in and making out was the furthest they would go. Times have certainly changed and a data now may consist of a movie and “hooking up”.
And this may probably associated with the rising number of them engage in premarital and unprotected sexual activities, which also result in unwanted pregnancies, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases. Researches reflect that sexual intercourse experiences are common among teenagers. From FPAHK, proportion of girls who had their first sex at the age of 15 or below was 4.7% and that of boys was 6.8%. Both pe... ... middle of paper ... ...chool factors, study habits, working or time spent on leisure. When they involve in those conventional activities, they become busy and hence restrict the chance for delinquency.
An opposing view my think that teaching the kids about sex will only lead to them actually having sex. This statement is completely inaccurate. “The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that sex education programs that discuss contraception do not increase teen sexual activity.” (Curran) Although, ideally, comprehensive sex education is expected to begin at kindergarten, it usually begins in sixth grade because parents do not want their child to learn about sex too soon. “A "just-the-facts" approach that includes contraceptive education is certainly preferable to "just say no,"” (Hess) The favorable approach is the comprehensive program. Sex education is fundamental because it also teaches kids and teens about sexually transmitted diseases.
Teens need to be informed about sex and its consequences by professionals. Comprehensive sex education in schools should be available or even mandatory for all teens. It is through education that our teen parent population and STD rate will decrease. The idea of waiting till marriage to have sex is no longer as effective with teens as it was in the past, due to the outcome of the “sexual revolution liberalizing social and moral attitudes toward sex” (Findley, Sarah, Chelsea Mageland, and Gabriella Pastor). For years the media has promoted sex in music, movies, television shows, and even with people.