Should children be given sex education in schools, or should this be the responsibility of the parents? : Should children be given sex education in schools, or should this be the responsibility of the parents ? YES!!: YES!! I believe that children should be taught sex education in the public school system along with the support of parents and teachers. Sex Education: Sex Education Good sex education should allow the adolescent to talk freely about sex and its relationship to interpersonal relations, dynamics within a relationship, love, family and his/her future. Sex education should be open enough so that the atmosphere in the classroom is comfortable and the adolescent does not feel inhibited when asking questions . http://www.suite101.com/content/high-school-and-sex-education-a14746 TEENS and CHILDREN: TEENS and CHILDREN There are many important factors in educating children and teens about sexuality and the society that we live in. Understanding Children and Teens: Understanding Children and Teens Many people believe that exposing children to sex at an early age through a health education class will cause them to have sex earlier than they should. This argument does have some merit, and that is why there should be boundaries set about at what age school health education classes should start sex education. Many children have the same urges that adults do, they just do not know what they mean. Providing an eight year old with in depth details about sex in a health education class is not a route we should be taking. http://www.sccppa.org/health-education.html Parents and knowledge!: Parents and knowledge! Parent’s choice – It is the view of many people that the parents should have the right to teach their children about sex if they choose and it should not be the responsibility of the schools to provide a sex health education class. While this may seem like a good idea, many parents do not have the resources or knowledge necessary to teach their children about sex the way that school health education can http:// www.sccppa.org/health-education.html Why should sex education be taught in school?: Why should sex education be taught in school? 1. Some parents are not aware of all of the sexually transmitted diseases and are not aware how they are all transmitted. 2. Children and teens feel comfortable speaking about sexual topics with peers and the teachers can also have input in on the topic without judging children about questions and concerns they may have about a certain topic. 3. When sex education is taught in a school setting teachers have the resources of videos, pictures and pamphlets to address different topics, issues and statistics. 4.children and teens gain better k nowledge of body image, what to expect in teen and young adult years and how to and why they are dealing with sexual urges. 5. They can also ask and hear questions in a group setting that they and many teens want to know about. Topics that are addressed in sex education that teens and young adults need to be informed about.: Topics that are addressed in sex education that teens and young adults need to be informed about. Teenage pregnancy STD’s Abortions Abstinence Safe sex Contraceptives Masturbation Body image Teen pregnancy can be preventable if we teach our teens!: Teen pregnancy can be preventable if we teach our teens! According to statistics compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, the US has “one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world—almost twice as high as those of England, Wales and Canada, and eight times as high as those of the Netherlands and Japan.” Because of the rising pregnancy rates among teens, in addition to the rising rates of sexual activity among teens, both parents and public schools are exploring the best sex education programs to benefit students. Teen abortions are on the rise, we have to teach our teens!!!: Teen abortions are on the rise, we have to teach our teens!!! 40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about the abortion (AGI). http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics / Teen abortion has many risks. Studies have proven that abortion may lead to an increased chance of breast cancer, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, depression, and the contraction of Viral Hepatitis, not to mention death due to excessive bleeding or other complications http://www.allaboutpopularissues.org/teen-abortion.htm Teenage STD’s are on the rise as well!: Teenage STD’ s are on the rise as well! Teen sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a serious health concern. Half of all new cases of sexually transmitted diseases occur among teens, with about 1 in 4 teens becoming infected each year. Teens are more susceptible to STDs than adults because their bodies are still developing. http://www.teenhelp.com/teen-sexuality/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds.html Parents and the School system can work together in educating the children of tomorrow!: Parents and the School system can work together in educating the children of tomorrow! Education is the key to success: Education is the key to success The modern public school system of America is very intergraded and advanced. It strives yearly to educate our children with the necessary tools they will need to better America and as advertisement, television, music and American culture changes so has the educational system. As American’s we should take pride in our school systems and what they are striving to achieve with the youth of tomorrow. The sexual education programs are not designed to take away the personal conversations that parents should have with their children about sex but they are here to help and aid the children on sexual topics from a medical and educational stand point.