Sex education should not be taught in schools, say more than half of parents
By Daily Mail Reporter
Updated: 16:32 GMT, 5 May 2011
School's out: More than half of parents do not think sex education should be taught to children at school, according to a new survey
More than half of parents do not think sex education should be taught to children at school, according to a new survey.
Many think it is inappropriate to teach children about sex, whilst others think it should be a parents' choice to inform their own child, according to a poll by baby product website babychild.org.uk.
The survey, which questioned more than 1,700 parents of children aged five to 11, found that 59 per cent do not agree with the fact that sex education is often taught to children in schools, even from a young age.
Almost half (48 per cent) of those questioned said children should be at least 13 years old before it is appropriate to teach them about sex, the survey found.
Of those that don't agree that sex education should be taught in schools, 41 per cent said it was inappropriate to teach youngsters about the subject, while one in four (28 per cent) said it should be the parents' choice to teach their own child.
A similar proportion (27 per cent) said there was no need for children to know about sex.
Contraception was the most popular topic that parents said should be covered in sex education lessons (chosen by 65 per cent), followed by puberty (49 per cent), homosexuality (48 per cent) and sexually transmitted infections (47 per cent).
Babychild.org.uk co-founder Andy Barr said: 'I am not surprised by the results of the study, with the majority of parents against the idea of sex education in a school environment.
Subject to change? At the moment, both primary and secondary schools have to teach pupils age-appropriate lessons about the biology of sex in science
'This is a sensitive subject and parents have their own way to approach it and want to control what their children know, even more so at a young age.'
At the moment, both primary and secondary schools have to teach pupils age-appropriate lessons about the biology of sex in science.
Schools must also have a sex education policy, although the subject is not compulsory.
The future of sex education is part of a current review of the entire national curriculum ordered by ministers.
- The survey questioned 1,732 parents between April 26 and May 4.
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Yes, it will get them ready for the world
They could be aware of all the STDs and how to protect themselves in sexual intercourse. Also, they could learn the meaning of sex and the importance of protecting yourself. The statistics of STDs are high in our community, especially in the black and Latino communities, so yes I do think it is important to have it. And you should teach the kids about it in a early stage of their life.
Only to older students.
If sex education did not exist, I believe there would be many children pregnant from experimenting and there would be a LOT of STIs around! However, I don't think that anybody in primary school should be taught sex education. Especially not children who are meerly five years old as recently been discovered! The innocence of children should remain!
Children should be given complete sex education in schools, according to what is appropriate for their age; it will prepare them properly for realities in life and protect them.
It has been clearly demonstrated that kids who are taught abstinence only are more likely to get STDs and have abortions. In order to prepare young people for their own sexual development and urges and how to deal with the sexual advances of the people in their lives they must be educated in a matter of fact way and instructed how to protect and prepare themselves. Abstinence only education results in ignorant, not innocent kids and adults.
Yes! we should!
I think that schools should be given a sexual education class in schools b/c some of us actually want to learn about sex and all the consequences that come with it. We need to know all the diseases that come with having sex and not using protection! Its easy to get a disease!
YES! It needs to be taught somewhere
Not enough parents are teaching their children, and the rise of unplanned pregnancy is ridiculous. I had sex ed in school and it was needed and I am thankful that I had that class in school. The children of today need to be educated. STD prevention is important, along with being provided with the essential information regarding sex.
Not Enough Parents Are Stepping Up
If parents aren't teaching their kids, and if kids are too shy to talk to their parents about it, then why not offer a class where they can sit in, freely.. maybe not even ask questions, and learn about the dangers of STD's, how to prevent pregnancies, and other things they to can to be cautious of their sex life. It would prevent a lot.
We are not taught enough!
As a group of teenagers, we defiantly think that sex education should be taught in school and also taught in more detail. We learn that STD's are bad, wear a condom but that's about it. We are not taught how to take care of our genitalia and how to check for infections.
Yes, it needs to be.
Even though teenagers are not having sex they need to take caution in what they might do one day. People think that Sex Education encourages sex but is does quite the opposite. Sex Education encourages abstinence. Sex Ed should be taught at all high schools. Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs help but don't specifically state anything about STD's or birth control.
Kids need to learn this because it's almost time for them I mean it sounds wrong but that's how you make the babies and get pregnant sex ed should be a class thing. But sex ed should be taught around 5th to 12th grade. Kids need sex and sex should be lowered to either 11 or higher.
Abstinence is Taught
People keep saying abstinence needs to be taught, but that is what is being taught. Truth be told its not working, kids are wanting sex that is just the reality of it. In order to make sure that kids are doing the safe thing when they do choose to involve themselves in sexual activity they have to learn what is safe and what is not safe. Where else are they going to learn that but by taking a sexual education class.