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What is the best age to learn about sex education? Teens? Younger? What do you think?

L1 2012/05/24 14:21:47
Teen years is fine.
Earlier age would be better.
No sex education ever!
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In the US, sex education in schools varies by state and even school district, and that's including what is taught. Some places teach abstinence only, and others do not.

In some countries, sex education starts earlier than in the US which is usually high school; usually grade school.

Is the teens years the best time or too late? What do you think?
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  • Random 2012/07/29 13:54:33
    Teen years is fine.
    Random
    +1
    We learnt about puberty during year 5 -7 (that's 10 years old to 12) then sexual health during high school. It's not dirty and it destroyed all the myths we picked up from others concerning sex.
  • L1 Random 2012/07/29 13:59:08
    L1
    +1
    I agree that it's not dirty. I wish more people felt that way...
  • D.C.Verdone 2012/05/25 21:36:46
    Teen years is fine.
    D.C.Verdone
    +1
    13 seems like a good starting place.
  • L1 D.C.Ver... 2012/05/26 00:30:18 (edited)
    L1
    +1
    It is for so many people. I'm glad that there family that are willing and able to teach their kids about it. Trustworthy adults make a difference.
  • Isis 2012/05/25 13:31:52
    Teen years is fine.
    Isis
    +1
    i believe innocents should be spared for children but as soon as they hit puberty they should know about some of it so they don't get scared or too confused
  • L1 Isis 2012/05/25 14:58:39
    L1
    Yep, that makes sense. So much of the education begins in middle school, so your timing is right. Thanks for sharing!
  • mrdog 2012/05/25 07:12:20
    No sex education ever!
    mrdog
    +1
    parents handle this issue... age is their call...bark
  • L1 mrdog 2012/05/25 14:59:52
    L1
    I agree. Parents can opt out ( hopefully!) regarding to schools teaching. Hopefully, they teach their kids timely.
    Thanks for sharing!
  • mrdog L1 2012/05/25 15:13:20
    mrdog
    +1
    yes.... as we know ... teachers can teach different ways...and maybe not
    all would teach such an subject as the parents would prefer... sex is
    not negative... and should be taught in a healthy manner...and for me...
    100% should be done by parents.... bark
  • L1 mrdog 2012/05/25 15:21:45
    L1
    +1
    That's true, and there are been disagreements in the past of a particular school district I am thinking about, regarding how it should be taught. I see your points.
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/05/25 03:37:55
    Earlier age would be better.
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
    +1
    12- 13
  • L1 John Ga... 2012/05/25 05:20:46
    L1
    Yes. That when they usually start. Thanks for sharing!
  • crazy:) 2012/05/25 02:44:18
    Teen years is fine.
    crazy:)
    +1
    teen yrs would b better why rush telling ur young one about it now no need for thm to grow up fast let em still think think girls or boys hve cooties lol let thm stay a kid while thy can
  • L1 crazy:) 2012/05/25 05:21:22
    L1
    That's one side I hear too. Thanks for sharing.
  • wtxwoman 2012/05/25 02:10:58
    Earlier age would be better.
    wtxwoman
    +1
    You should give age appropriate answers to a kids' questions, whenever they start. My son was three when he noticed that his sisters had different equipment from his. If you don't tell them, someone else will and it may be a 'funny' relative or neighbor.
  • L1 wtxwoman 2012/05/25 02:13:27
    L1
    +1
    In many countries, they do and in other like Japan they start in mid grade school.
    It best that kids get the info. from a trusted source than others that will not have the best intention. So true! Thank you for sharing.
  • stevmackey 2012/05/25 01:40:32
    Teen years is fine.
    stevmackey
    +1
    It is better that the kids be kids and at he teenage level, 7th grade, tell them about regeneration. That is the way I was taught. However a relative and his nurse wife taught me more when I was 11.
  • L1 stevmackey 2012/05/25 02:04:39
    L1
    Most sex ed. in schools usually starts in middle school; there aren't any that I'm aware of that starts basic sex ed. before even the 6th grade. It sounds like you got your education from a very trusted source and that's important.
    Thanks for sharing!
  • Kashee 2012/05/25 00:50:25
    Earlier age would be better.
    Kashee
    +1
    If you wait 'til they are teens, you are way too late. To us sex education was no different than any other information about the body. It was no big deal.
  • L1 Kashee 2012/05/25 01:06:40
    L1
    +1
    I agree. I think sex ed. should begin as soon as kids start to ask where babies come from and go on from there.
  • Kashee L1 2012/05/25 01:08:35
    Kashee
    +2
    When little ones ask these questions, it's not a big deal to them. It is just something else they want to know about. It is the adults that make it such a big deal.
  • L1 Kashee 2012/05/25 01:10:45
    L1
    +1
    Isn't that the truth. I was lucky my parents were very straight forward from an early age. Other adults made a fuss though. I never understood why they did.
  • wtxwoman Kashee 2012/05/25 02:11:42
    wtxwoman
    +2
    I agree.
  • Maite(: 2012/05/24 14:24:50
    No sex education ever!
    Maite(:
    +1
    People needa learn it by themselves. They shouldnt have some adult tell em theyre experience. lol
  • L1 Maite(: 2012/05/24 14:41:23
    L1
    When kids learn by themselves, it's often by peers and peers don't know everything or even correctly. I think by learning early and by a trusted adult figure, the kid is less likely to make bad choices out of ignorance later on.
  • L1 2012/05/24 14:22:46
    Earlier age would be better.
    L1
    I learned at home first before even going to school by both parents teaching at different times. It's one thing I am grateful for to my parents.

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