Sex Education for Children

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Sex is a natural and healthy way of life, yet it remains as such a controversial issue as to how, when and if it should be taught in schools due to the growing epidemic of teen pregnancies and STI’s. Abstinence only programs are more favored but have not been proven to be effective. Abstinence only programs claim that this style of education will delay sexual activity and reduce teen pregnancy; however this claim has yet to be proven true. It is every child’s right to an effective education, parents and educators need to be using a comprehensive style of teaching and teach children the truth about sex. Comprehensive sex education starts at a very early age, allows children to define their own morals versus being guilted into society’s expectations, and promotes abstinence along with showing them how to be safe against unwanted pregnancies, STI’s and HIV.

Abstinent only programs which generally start in middle school, teach that any kind of sexual acts of any kind will have negative social, psychological and physical consequence. A comprehensive style of teaching begins at a very early age. The subjects that are taught are age appropriate. For example the earliest sex education that a child gets is during the potty training stage. Parents are encouraged to use appropriate terms when referring to their child’s private parts. Some parents might feel uncomfortable using terms like penis or vagina; however Dr. Sue Hubbard explains “It is so important to teach your children the appropriate words for penis and vagina. Just as they learn eyes, ear, nose, knee, foot, toe they need to know the names of their “private parts”. If you begin with the correct words it never seems awkward or uncomfortable and is no different than naming any other body part.” (MD.) There is a huge benefit to this early education; it helps aid parents in explaining to young children what exactly a “bad touch” is. If there is...
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