TEEN SEXUAL CURIOSITY
+ RESTRICTED SEX EDUCATION
At home, our children are instructed to maintain good hygiene, which includes taking daily baths, brushing their teeth, and wearing clean clothes just to name a few. At school, students take general math, science, history, and english classes annually. These are “reiterations”, not one time events. They are on-going expectations that parents and teachers have alike. Why would we not give our kids ongoing age appropriate sex education to deter the "Hollywood" teachings they receive from movies, music, television shows, commercials, magazines, and other kids at school?
As a society we have to equip our youth with the facts in order for them to make informative decisions. In every other area in life, we teach our kids the dangers of things like alcoholism, drug abuse, look both ways before crossing the street, etc. We tell them the "why”, which usually plays some part into the decisions they choose to make.
Most parents do not want their teenagers engaging in sexual activities prior to marriage. However, if a teenager decides that he/she is going to engage in sexual activity prior to marriage, and they have only been given abstinence- only education, they will not be able to make an informative decision on how to carry out the means without possibly ending up a "statistic". This is careless on the part of us as adults.
We must raise our teens to make wise decisions. We have to teach them what it means to have self respect, a high morale, and a positive sense of self worth along with providing the truth about sex. When we leave information out, we are telling them that we do not trust them to make the right decision. But the truth of the matter is, they are going to make a decision on whether or not to have sex on their own. So we should want them to be knowledgeable about what they are getting into and all the realistic outcomes.
Teenagers who become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection are no different from teenagers who have unprotected sex and don't become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection. The common denominator is unprotected sex while the constant variable is most likely, lack of sex education.
Did you know that sex education is not a requirement in the state of Texas? Are parents teaching their teenagers what the schools are restricted to teach regarding sex education? These are real questions that affect the state of Texas as a whole.
Please check out the links below for more information:
- Just Say Don’t Know: Sexuality Education in Texas Public Schools http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/SexEdRort09_web.pdf?docID=981
- Abstinence-Only Education http://lsrj.org/documents/factsheets/08-09_Abstinence-Only_Education.pdf