The major issues with teenage pregnancy, people all over the world are asking “how do we prevent it?” There are many ways to prevent teen pregnancy, but it has people wondering if it is helping. To help prevent teen pregnancy they have abstinence grants, prevention programs, free birth control, and programs to make teens more aware. Teen pregnancy rates have gone down, but it seems like everywhere people turn there is another teenager pregnant. It not only affects the baby, but the teen mother, father, their families, and even society. It affects them all negatively and positively, but more negatively.
With teens becoming parents at such a young age, there many risks for themselves, their children and the economy. Early sexual activity leads to financial issues and poor decision making. Which leads to risky sexual activity without protection. No protection leads to sexually transmitted infections and diseases and pregnancy. Teen pregnancy is a much bigger problem than it is perceived to be.
Assuming that parents or guardians do not talk to their kids about sex and it is dismissed from schools, kids will learn about it on their own which could possibly lead to false information and teen pregnancy. For example, if a teen has a question about sex, and they don’t want to go to their parents, they will go to their peers; and their peers might not be the best people to talk to. Bill Albert, spokesman for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy states, “Since the ‘90s, the country has made dramatic improvements in teen pregnancies because there is less sex and more contraception. Whatever works, so be it.... ... middle of paper ... ...tember 16). Teen sex.
What parents do not fully know is there is more to sex education than just sex. More sex education classes are being taught health and wellness also. Advocates for Youth is a site that post characteristics for effective sex education to help people better understand what makes highly effective sex education courses. Possible characteristics given by Brigid McKeon, an author for Advocates for Youth writing the article “Effective Sex Education” are teachers getting to know the youth and to clarify what the teenagers values are, being able to provide medically accurate information is important for the parents to believe the teachers are teaching their teenagers the right material and also facts, being able to offer age appropriate sexual health information while also being able to work well with younger generation individuals
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.