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Effects of Sex Education on Children and Students
There have been various debates and arguments on if sex education should be taught to children, Explained in details below are the reasons why sex education is important to children or maybe harming children and students
Sex education is the process of teaching the young ones, teenagers, and teens about sexuality, their body changes, relationship and all that they need to know to prepare them for the future. Educating a child about sex is important and should start before the puberty stage. Sex education is always seen as a sensitive topic to be discussed with children and if care is not taken, it can mislead a child. It is surprising that children, teenagers, and youth now know more than their parents. Despite this, parents should not assume that the children know it all, and should not shun or look over sex education. Some parents also shy away from talking about sex with their children, some even see it as an ungodly topic to be treated, and some think the child is so young to be taught about sex. (read an interesting article on common sexually transmitted diseases and infections here)
Advantages and Benefits of Sex Education to Children and Students
Below are reasons why sex education should be taught to students and children
Parents, family members, schools, religious houses and the faithful members of the society are expected to have the responsibility of teaching the child(ren) about sexuality, although in a safe and secure way. Sex education should start with the family. Mothers have the greatest responsibility of teaching her children, both male, and female, about sex education because she has the role of looking out for and taking care of and teaching the children. ( Read on Nuclear family members and their roles here)
Children need to know about their body changes, the causes for these changes and how well to live a healthy life despite the changes. This education protects a child from all sorts of sex abuse, molestation from friends, older ones, family members, teachers and other members of the society. It also creates an awareness of diseases and infections, teaches them how to manage their sexual behaviors, emotions, how to put them under control and how to be safe in an unsafe environment. A young child should know his or her body parts: these body parts should be given names that will depict where he or she should never allow anyone to touch or play with.
Parents should also have a close relationship with their children. They should be their best friends, confidants, and teachers. A child should be trained and tailored to always talk to his or her parent about anything and without fears. Misconceptions about sexual life should be cleared. Any signs or withdrawals from people should be taken note of. Children should be put under the care of trusted ones, watched against the opposite. All these should be taken into consideration. (The importance of parental support on the children’s education)
As the children are growing up to become teenagers and youths, the sex education should be more audible and pronounced. Nothing should be left unsaid for them. The female children should be told how to become pregnant, dangers associated with unprotected sex and the risks of having an abortion. The male children should know the consequences that are attached to unsafe sex and impregnating a child. They should know about rape, how they can be lured and how to be safe from being raped. The male children should be aware of the punishments for being a rapist. ( abortion and miscarriage; meaning, causes, and risks involved)
The friends they keep should be kept under check, teachers or private tutors should be well screened so as to prevent the children from sexual child abuse. Pamphlets, handbills, and protections such as condoms should be publicly distributed. A child that fall victim to sexual abuse should not be abandoned, parents should not be too busy to have time for their children. Time should be set apart in homes where the children can ask questions. Nothing should be seen as ungodly or too heavy to be taught about sex. ( Effect of child abuse on a child’s academic performance)
Cons and Disadvantages of Sex Education in Schools
Below are reasons why sex education should not be taught to children
- Most parents and teachers who are bundled with the job of teaching sex education to children and students are not experts in the field, most of them have distorted or skewed ideas about sexual health and education themselves. This has the potential to be more harmful and deadly because it can leave a wrong and bad impression on children and students. Children have a clean and empty mind and any wrong information given to them at an early age can make them ignorant for their whole life.
- Student or children may feel the topic is hilarious or embarrassing, if they are not approached and taught properly, sex education may soon become a topic of ridicule and jest, and they lose interest in the whole program.
- Sex Education for students and children may not be at par with religious beliefs especially when taught in sch00l, the differences in religion may confuse the students more.
- Sex Education is not taken as a core subject, it is taken as an extracurricular activity, this has made both teachers and students to not take it seriously. (Educate a Female Child And Empower a Nation)
Now you know the advantages and disadvantages of sex education to children, thanks for reading
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