Many people question the value of sex education in a society where the focus of education is on how to reduce or even eliminate teenage pregnancy. So do those who oppose sex education think that parents are not being taught the value of sex education?
The World Health Organization, UNICEF and other groups to promote access to sex education for both public and private schools. They say that a sex education program can reduce risky behaviors, prevent unwanted pregnancies and increase the likelihood of having healthy children. Some suggest that teenagers would have a better chance of delaying or preventing pregnancies if the parents and schools were better informed. Others point out that teens may choose to delay pregnancy rather than delay sex because they want to wait to get married.
So it seems clear that teens face many challenges as they move from adolescent stages into young adulthood, as well as toward parenthood. What should be the role of parents in dealing with these issues?
Parents should provide the tools and information necessary to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. They should discuss the benefits of sex education with teens, explain the risks and their solutions, and explain why abstinence is not an option.
They should also provide good communication skills and help students understand that condoms, abstinence, or both are not options. Since so many teenagers are experiencing problems with sex education, it seems important to look at the role of parents in providing a positive environment for young people.
Parents who are committed to family values and are open about the importance of good communication skills with their children, should encourage their children to use condoms and other safe sex practices. Parents should talk to their teens about good relationships and proper sexual behavior and discuss options for birth control and contraception.
In addition, the family that has proper knowledge about sex and relationships can help to change people’s perceptions about what a healthy relationship looks like. Sex education in the home can help teens understand that sexual activity should not be viewed as an opportunity to satisfy a deep need but as a gift that is a privilege.
Most of the sex education programs that are available on the market include informational panels. Parents should be aware of the panel’s information about the benefits of abstinence, safe sex, and the prevention of pregnancy. Parents should also discuss the panel’s information about the negative effects of unprotected sex.
The panel should include information about talking to a parent and discussing concerns, how to talk to a teen about consent, and the importance of talking to a teen about pregnancy. There should also be information about the consequences of having sex without telling a partner about the risk. Finally, parents should be told about the message they are giving to the teen by allowing the teen to see what is said to him or her by the panel.
Parents should be told about how having sex without telling a partner about the risks of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and other complications can lead to even more serious problems later in life such as sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence and even suicide. These problems can ruin a young person’s life and can be avoided. Parents should be told about the consequences of not informing a partner about the risk.
Parents should give their child and teen the information they need to make the best decision in the best interest of themselves and their child. Parents should seek and use the education that is available and help their children to develop the best sexual health habits for themselves and their future.