When is the right age for sex education?

  • nas
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    Do we really need to teach our kids sex education? Most people think it's important we teach our kids in primary school about sex. But my question is this, how effective can sex education be? Even if it was going to be effective, what is the best approach to it?

    Back in the day when we were growing up, at the mention of sex, you would receive some slaps from your parents because it was considered as a ‘no no’. The word sex was so heavy that you would rather use another word for it when there was need to narrate story pertaining to sex. That was how difficult it was for us back then. Fast forward today, the reverse is now the case and this leads to my question as to the right time to discuss sex with your kids as younger people now tend to know a little more than they should before they even finish junior secondary school.

     

    I have had people say it is right to create sex awareness because of the increasing number in rape cases in our environments and the dangers inherent in early pregnancy and STDs. Some others say never will they try it, that such exposure might leads kids into wanting to experience sex knowing how adventurous and enthusiastic kids can be. In fact, I have a friend whose kids were to be taught sex education at school. She actually wanted to know when and how it will be structured. So she went to her kid’s school and demanded that a video of what should be shown to them be played to her. There and then, she asked the school authority that her kids be excluded from the lesson after watching it. According to her, it was so advanced that she felt she was being thought how to have sex. With such mindset, kids will get home and might want to try it out on their siblings because your sibling is the closest person to you.

    As much as it has its disadvantages, I believe there will be some advantages but the onus will now be on the teachers and parents to always monitor them to ensure they are not creating monsters they cannot contend. 

    95 days ago

  • Anika
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    When we were growing up, there was nothing like sex education. We thought ourselves all we knew today. You dare not mention sex to the hearing of your parents. It so unfortunate that sex has become a big topic today. As much as I see reasons in educating our kids about sex, I have this feeling also that the reason we found ourselves in this mess could be because of sex education as well. The knowledge is being instilled to kids when some of them are not mentally ready for it.

    I believe that parents should play a huge role in the regards. Leaving sex education in the hands in teacher or people we do not really know may spell doom for these kids. Some of these teachers even end up abusing them and leaving permanent scare on them.

    I am an advocate of train your kids the way you feel is okay for you.

    95 days ago

  • Feroza
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    I do not think it's bad rather, it depends on the approach one adopts whether parents or teachers. 

    94 days ago

  • Jeda
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    With what is happening these day and age, it is pertinent we educate kids about sex. This may not be what you want or how you want it but the truth is that it will devastate you if your teenage daughter gets pregnant and comes home to you without even knowing who is responsible. No parent wants to go through such trauma. We all want to train up our kids to be responsible adults. It should be everyone’s duty, be it educator or parents to take up that responsibility of educating them on the right things and path to take.

     If you don’t teach them young, you risk other people teaching them which may be counterproductive.

    94 days ago

  • Uju
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    I feel everyone should do what is best for their kids. If it okay by you as a parent to teach them, then go ahead. The most important thing is to make them responsible adults in the end.

    93 days ago

  • Uju
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    No body gave me sex education as a kid and i do not think i lived a useless life growing up. I will adopt that measure for my kids. Any child that wants to be useless and wayward will be no matter the effort and sacrifice. 

    93 days ago