Sex education

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Every day, youngsters talk to their friends or seek out information pertaining to sex online. Not all of this information, however, is accurate or empowering.

A China Youth News survey found recently that sexual issues often perturbed almost 73 percent of the respondents, and nearly 80 percent turned to the Internet for answers. Other favorite sources were books, friends and the media.

Teachers and parents were the last sources of information. Around 91 percent of the respondents said the sex education scenario was deficient. This is certainly worrying.

It is not surprising that many adults oppose sex education. They argue it provokes in young minds unbridled interest in sexual matters, resulting in increased and experimental sexual activity. It is, of course, a fallacy to believe teenagers do not engage in the act at all. The better approach is to impart proper knowledge that will help them take responsible decisions regarding what to do with their bodies.

The World Health Organization, after a study done on 35 sex education programs, has concluded that sex education does not actually lead to higher sexual activity in teens.

Talking about sex should not be taken to mean encouraging sexual experimentation.

In fact, there is growing research consensus that youngsters who receive comprehensive sex education are at a significantly lower risk of unwanted pregnancies. They are also, curiously, less likely to indulge in coitus at an early age.

Parents and teachers, as rightful guardians of these youngsters, have a special responsibility to spell out the birds and the bees at an age and time deemed appropriate to them.

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