Introduction to Sex Education
Have we ever come across the questions from our kids like, “Mom, where did I come from?”, “Dad, why is mine very small than yours?”, “Why does mom wear a diaper like mine?” Yes, almost all the kids have asked such questions. But have we ever given the right answer or tried to even respond for it. Most of us are yet not prepared to face such situations. We either avoid the topic totally by deviating it to another topic or we give some childish answers to cover up the situation. The discussion of such topics is still considered a taboo, which has been rooted to us in the way of tradition and culture.
Even in developed countries like US, the rates of adolescent and unwanted pregnancies are high. It is noted that about 30% of the girls in US become pregnant before 20 years of age and about 4% of them give birth to a child. Equally, the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) has become the major health threats to the world. About 25% of the teenage children are already diagnosed with an STIs. In spite of it, the need for sex education was not given due importance. It was only after the identification of the raising HIV virus resulting in epidemic AIDS, the need for sex education was realized.
Sex Education is a comprehensive framework that helps to understand the issues related to the anatomy of the human body, sexuality, reproductive system and process, their rights, act of sex and relationship, birth control procedures and sexual abstinence. It is believed that the parents and the teachers are the best people to discuss about these topics with their children. Apart from them, formal school programs and public health campaigns are also held in order to discuss these topics with them.