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At what age should we begin to teach sex education to our childern? and to what extent?

bob 2011/09/07 13:58:59
Related Topics: Sex, Education
Pre-school to kindergarten
1st, 2nd or 3rd grade
4th or 5th grade
Between 6th through 8th grade
9th or 10th grade
11th or 12th grade
By religious / faith based standards
sex education only from home
Undecided
All of the above
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    Lady Jules ♥♥ in Lestat I trust ♥♥
    +7
    In this day and age girls are getting pregnant at age 12. I think before we teach sex education we need to teach self respect to our kids. Kids need to be taught that if they respected themselves enough they would not even be thinking about having sex until they were adults and capable of handling what can happen when you're not responsible enough to wait.

    My aunt had her first kid while using the pill and condom duo....

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  • Max 2011/09/15 22:49:52
    Pre-school to kindergarten
    Max
    Get it over with. They'll find out any ways and the more they know about it, the less it will seem like a mystery and the less they will want to do it
  • VT 2011/09/12 15:53:20
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    VT
    Yeah thats about the right age to let them know about the birds and bees. And some of the reprecussions should be instilled throughout thier education, I.E. STD'S,, teen pregnancy, etc.
  • Ron in Oregon 2011/09/11 19:31:37
    Pre-school to kindergarten
    Ron in Oregon
    Parents should teach their children,but since they always leave it to the teachers then it should be done when the brain is like a sponge.....more detail as the child gets older.
  • Andrew 2011/09/10 23:12:55
    Undecided
    Andrew
    It is important to teach it because then students have a better understanding of it when they are able to make those decisions.
  • Relay 2011/09/09 21:27:25
    4th or 5th grade
    Relay
    +1
    start them early...
  • kelsie 2011/09/09 11:16:05
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    kelsie
    +1
    Thats when i think their brains start thinkin like that
  • tornado 2011/09/08 20:36:38 (edited)
    None of the above
    tornado
    +2
    When kids are old enough to ask questions, they deserve honest answers. It drives me nuts when parents tell their kids that they came from a cabbage patch or that a stork brought them. It makes me even more nuts when parents bully their kids into feeling guilty about their sexuality. When kids aren't told the truth, they're more apt to get pregnant at an early age because they don't understand how biology works. They also need to be taught that they have a right to say no to anyone who invades their space or makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Goku90504 2011/09/08 19:07:12
    Undecided
    Goku90504
    +1
    it depends on what you mean by begin i think sex ed should start at home young but at the same time does not need to go into great detail from the start as they grow up talk to them in more detail tell them that you would rather they wait till they are older to have sex but if they are going to do it anyways they should at least know how to be as safe as possible as well as knowing that if something happens they can come talk to you for help instead of condemnation
  • Maj. C. D. Hardy 2011/09/08 18:22:50
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    Maj. C. D. Hardy
    +1
    I think about 11 or 12 years old is an appropriate age.
  • shorty 2011/09/08 12:52:15
    4th or 5th grade
    shorty
    +1
    because i mean. my brothers r in 4th grade and they already kn about sex and stuff. there are 5th graders getting prego so yeah
  • Mikel_mad2002 2011/09/08 12:09:13
    Undecided
    Mikel_mad2002
    +1
    This is a tough one. I think it would depend greatly on the maturity of the child being taught. Some children could handle it at a younger age while others could not.
  • jimbo999 2011/09/08 11:35:33
    None of the above
    jimbo999
    +1
    Personally, I think it should be between 12 & 15, depending on the child and the circumstances.
  • kelly 2011/09/08 11:15:11
    4th or 5th grade
    kelly
    +1
    I knew about sex when I was in the 2nd grade. Kind of early, but that's because my older sister told me when she knew, and then there was the Internet.

    Kids in 4th and 5th grade are about ready to listen to this type of thing, but not in explicit detail. More detail should come during middle school.
  • gidianedwards97 2011/09/08 07:35:15
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    gidianedwards97
    +1
    In high school free condoms for all the girls.
  • JJ 2011/09/08 05:15:10
    sex education only from home
    JJ
    +1
    Sex education should be taught by the parents...no school. This is the parents responsability.
  • James 2011/09/08 04:19:14
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    James
    +1
    If looked at through a physiological standpoint, it's not that scary to talk about.
  • Mr Marvin 2011/09/08 03:38:40
    All of the above
    Mr Marvin
    +1
    Start early and continue until they marry. Then they can figure the rest of it out by themselves.
  • ttfndude 2011/09/08 02:36:49
    4th or 5th grade
    ttfndude
    +1
    would be a good starting point and become more involved as the grades progress
  • Lazarus Long 2011/09/08 02:36:06
    Undecided
    Lazarus Long
    +2
    Whenever a child asks a question shouldn't he or she get an honest answer, instead of rubbish about storks and cabbage leaves. Knowledge is power, and perhaps it can keep them from making a serious mistake. Sex isn't something dirty and shameful, but rather a manifestation of love between two people. I know I'm just an idiot like everyone else, but I think that they should be given the information as they get ready for it.
  • Chase Martin 2011/09/08 01:35:40
    sex education only from home
    Chase Martin
    +2
    Parents job!!!!!!!
  • Sachikø-the-shy-kunøichi 2011/09/08 01:09:16 (edited)
    None of the above
    Sachikø-the-shy-kunøichi
    +1
    It's most the parents & media's fault for teen pregnancy...
  • Melizmatic 2011/09/08 01:08:20
    None of the above
    Melizmatic
    +1
    It's up to each individual parental unit to decide the parameters for their own offspring.
  • Jack the Dude 2011/09/08 00:50:57
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    Jack the Dude
    +1
    That kid in the 6th - 8th grade is NOT a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader
  • mind-pilot 2011/09/08 00:46:36
    4th or 5th grade
    mind-pilot
    +1
    5th through 8th grades.Be sure to include carrying that simulated live baby for 2 days. Just inform them before high school. Then pray you were honest enough for them to keep their zippers up and their legs together. It's merely biology. Teach it.
  • Chuck 2011/09/08 00:42:35
    None of the above
    Chuck
    +1
    Different children become aware of their own sexuality at their own pace and parents should always be aware of little changes in the child's behavior, realize what is happening and then start explaining things to the child. NO specific age for any specific child or group of children. "One size does NOT fit all"
  • Rusty 2011/09/08 00:34:47
    sex education only from home
    Rusty
    +2
    parents are responsible for the children, stop taking that away, when the state thinks it knows better, we all lose.
  • Tori 2011/09/08 00:16:05
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    Tori
    +1
    When they start middle school. I think in middle school more and more girls get pregnant. Teach them all of it!
  • AL 2011/09/07 23:52:26
    None of the above
    AL
    +1
    when ever the parents think it time to tell them!
  • Centurion~PWCM~JLA 2011/09/07 23:00:58
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    Centurion~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Between 6th - 8th grade is where I learned. It is an appropriate age which ought to be the time it is done.

    5th grade is too early. 9th grade would probably be too late.
  • Danny Barker 2011/09/07 22:54:26
    None of the above
    Danny Barker
    +1
    Maybe when they start asking question it might be the right time to give them answer. do we realy know I am just saying.
  • Razoreye001 2011/09/07 22:44:35
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    Razoreye001
    +1
    and I think that we don't properly teach sex ed, in american society we consider sex to be like a gun rarely used and only under certain circumstances, what we really should say is sex is perfectly ok to have as long as it's safe sex time shouldn't matter if you want to do it then do it if you don't want to then don't. If you get pregnant and you don't want to or can't afford to get an abortion and get rid of misanthropy tell the kids there isn't anything taboo about the body, the body is natural. We could really learn alot from the ancient Greeks and Romans in this respect.
  • dick 2011/09/07 22:32:08
    Undecided
    dick
    +1
    I feel that if parents are open and honest with the answers that they give there kids without being to explicit that there should never be a problem, the problems arise when you tell them more than they can comprehend and more than they should know for their age and if a parent isn't smart enough to know the limits they are the ones that need a class!
  • Scotty 2011/09/07 22:01:37
    None of the above
    Scotty
    +2
    Sex education should start as soon as children ask questions...parents should be open and free...if not, there are hundreds of slightly older children that will clue them in wrongly. Don't leave it up to the schools...start ASAP...meanwhile, all schools should have a good organized program...talk to your child's school teachers...and don't hesitate. Sex is normal, good and it is how our race survives.
  • Wahvlvke 2011/09/07 21:51:35
    None of the above
    Wahvlvke
    +2
    When the parents decide and when the parents do. Some around here should get on the ball ... the local definition of a virgin is an ugly fiirst grader.
  • American_Rights 2011/09/07 21:35:42
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    American_Rights
    +2
    That's when the sex jokes begin to make sense and become funny. It's best they understand the joke in depth and find it less funny (for a week at best)
  • Nikki Jones 2011/09/07 21:34:41
    None of the above
    Nikki Jones
    +3
    i just wish i was taught to give a good hummer earlier in life..
  • dick Nikki J... 2011/09/07 22:35:05
    dick
    When you are with the right person and they are patient there is no such thing as bad sex or a bad hummer!
  • Cleaver62 2011/09/07 21:34:07
    Between 6th through 8th grade
    Cleaver62
    +2
    If we as a society weren't so sexually repressed, I think there would be a lot less trouble teaching our kids about the facts of life. I had to learn from magazines and movies. I thought facials were what women really wanted.
  • ZB 2011/09/07 20:37:27
    sex education only from home
    ZB
    +2
    When they start asking about it. That's how we deal with it in my house.

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