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Sex Education also called sexuality education or sex and relationships education, is the process of acquiring information and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex, sexual identity, relationships and intimacy. Parents and guardians should be the primary sex educators of their children; this is not so because most parents shy away from discussing sex with their kids, leaving them at the detriment of friends, relatives, social media etc. Some of them may have more negative than positive impact.
- Seize the opportunity: When a television program or music video raises issues about sexual behaviors, use it as an avenue for discussion.
- Consider your teen’s point of view: Listen carefully to their opinions; this will help you understand your teen’s pressures, challenges and concerns.
- Be direct: State your feelings about specific issues, such as oral sex and intercourse explaining the risks involved such as, emotional pain, sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy.
- Move beyond the facts: Your teen needs accurate information about sex.
- Give room for more discussion:Let your teen know that it’s OK to talk with you about sex whenever he or she has questions or concerns. Its better they talk to you than they talk to their friends about it.
The rate of child molestation is on the increase, this is because these children haven’t being educated about sex, the regions of their bodies prohibited from being touched by people, and children are scared of opening u to their parents because there has being no room for discussion on this topic with them.
Schools, churches and other social organizations together with parents are to provide young people accurate and developmentally appropriate sex education.
Importance of Sex Education
- Sex education will help reduce the risks of potentially negative outcomes from sexual behavior, such as unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.
- It will contribute to young people’s positive experience of their sexuality, by enhancing the quality of their relationships and their ability to make informed decisions over their lifetime.
- Sex education should be more than just puberty and reproductive biology.
Sexuality is an integral part of a person’s identity and as such sex education is to help young people gain a positive view of sexuality and to provide them with appropriate knowledge and skill so they can make healthy decisions about their sex lives now and in the future.