In addition, those who go through abstinence-only programs are put at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant unintentionally. Abstinence-plus programs, which teach contraceptive uses in addition to abstinence, would greatly reduce the risk to those who have premarital sex while still discouraging it. Abstinence-plus programs are even developed better than abstinence-only programs in that they are more effective in discouraging student from having premarital sex. This efficiency may be why a majority of the American population is in support of the teachings of contraceptive uses. A report by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy stated that seventy-four percent of adults believe that young people should learn about contraceptive uses in addition to the benefits of abstinence (Albert 7).
It is an inevitable feeling that all teenagers will feel at one point in time. With media today forcing sex in almost everything, adolescent sex is becoming a bigger problem. How it is handled on the other hand is a completely different topic. Parents are not educating their teens on sexual behavior and the consequences are not to be preferred. On the other hand, schools do not want the responsibility but are forced to take matters into their own hands by teaching abstinence only so that they are not blamed for risks of premarital sex such as AIDS, pregnancy, or STDs.
Over the course of the last few years, there has been much opposition over how sex education should be taught in school. Abstinence should be taught in sex education classes because abstinence is moral. There wouldn't be as many unwed mothers and babies born out of wedlock. Contraceptives that are taught are not guaranteed to protect teenagers from anything, and many people support the teaching of abstinence. It has been said that teaching abstinence- only lessons are leaving students misinformed and mislead, but the instructors have a reason as to why they don’t teach on the contraceptive options.
The teenager may also have seen sexual abuse at their home and may have already become a victim to this type of abuse and got addicted to it. Poverty and the absence of parents in the life of the child may also be a cause of this sexual activity because they are not properly guided by the parents in understanding the risks of teenage pregnancy and they are not provided with quality information from the schools they are enrolled in. The child’s environment may depict a very vocal support for pre-marital sex thus the want to be part of it. Each of these factors, according to Klein, is cited as the influential factors on why teenagers become sexually active (Klein, 2005). Although many may speculate the credibility of teenagers who get pregnant with this reason, there is no denying that there is a possibility that the teenager may have been forced to have a sexual intercourse without his or her consent.
Encourage Comprehensive Sex Education Comprehensive sex education is the most realistic way of teaching sex education today. While remaining abstinent is the only way to be one-hundred percent sure one will not have an unwanted pregnancy or contract a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), it is unrealistic in today’s society. Teenagers, as well as adults, are engaging in premarital sexual activity. STDs can be a serious or life-threatening disease. Effective comprehensive sex education should contain information detailing sexual development and reproduction, methods of birth control, STDs and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), abortion, and the different religious and cultural views on sex and sexual diversity.
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All children deserve love and care from their parents. The United States has a higher rate of teen pregnancy than other countries because one is not open to talk about sex with a child once puberty emerges. The Telegraph (2007) reads that the Dutch is more open with children about sex, however, some of the approaches that are taken, some would call extreme and parents as well as educators would not agree with it in the United States. To list a few of their shocking demonstrations: condom demonstrations, trips to sex shops and videos on masturbation. The Dutch say the demonstrations were a small part of their agenda, they tend to stress more towards morals and emotional implications of sex (Donnelly, 2007).
It’s an ego boost.” Although many know sexting can be a crime, many individuals who sext do i... ... middle of paper ... ...lationships with teens will help thwart these severe effects from befalling on the youth of today’s society. Sexting can cause trouble, and, if caught, can hold grim outcomes. If we really want this madness to come to an end, parents must create close relationships with their children. Works Cited Feyerick, Deborah, and Sheila Steffen. “’Sexting’ Lands Teen on Sex Offender List.” CNN.com.
The rise of the teen pregnancy rate has caused us to question the effectiveness of the prevention programs that are offered to adolescents. There have been several programs focused on preventing teen pregnancy from abstinence-only to more comprehensive sexual education programs. Abstinent-only advocates believe that abstaining from having intercourse is the only way to prevent unwanted teen pregnancy. While practicing abstinence is the only 100% secure method of reducing this rate, it is not a logical view. Adolescents will continue to have sexual behavior, and it is important in teaching them more precise education when it comes to sex education.
Instead she is looked down upon because she “couldn’t control herself” or her parents “didn’t teach her well enough”; all of a sudden it’s somebody else’s problem and nobody wants the finger pointed at them. This is wrong on multiple levels. Throughout history teens have sneaked away to have sex and teaching abstinence-only is not the way to go about stopping them now. By not teaching teens to practice safe sex, we are setting them up to fail and when failing means the possibility of ending up with a transmitted disease or a baby, that is unacceptable. It goes without saying that abstinence only education has very valid points.