One recent reported that 6% of under-16s had viewed hardcore pornography over a one-month period, which if anything seems like an underestimate. A majority of parents would agree that it sends a negative message out to impressionable teenagers, that being sexually active is socially acceptable and even expected. Should they be right out in the open in restrooms and other common areas? This will encourage the students to have premarital sex. Edited: fugitive247 on 8th Nov, 2004 - 1:42am. I'd feel better knowing my child had the option. I was home alone at the time and would not have understood what was happening. Why schools should make condoms available to teenagers.
Sex education teachers, guidance counselors, and trained peer educators should be available for counseling and to distribute condoms. And is there something wrong with sex? There are three main controversial approaches to reducing rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy among North American teenagers: abstinence-only programs, safer sex education, and making condoms available in schools. Only four studies of programs making condoms available in schools have been published. This offers direct evidence contradicting claims that condom availability encourages and increases sexual activity in adolescents. Many people learn about safe sex, but there are still many unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases floating around.
Planned Parenthood calls for updated as well as contraception and sexually transmitted disease. Kids who cannot go to their parents for sex education, will likely not go for permission to obtain contraceptives. The following questions were asked; what would it solve by putting condoms in school? Do not forget that these are high school students; freshmen at a mere age of fourteen and sometimes only thirteen. Each year there are many unwanted babies born, or even worse aborted in this country. Every gay man lives in relationship to this suffocating contradiction.
Empirical Evidence One should not base an opinion on these websites alone, however. Novia Condell represented the Forum Club at a New York City Board of Education public hearing on condom availability in high schools. Some studies have researched how to improve the effectiveness of these programs. Journal of Adolescent Health: 17, 184-188. I didn't think so, but did you know that condoms are a way of preventing those issues if you are sexually active? The recommendations are published in the latest issue of medical journal Pediatrics.
Condom prevents studs and pregnancy. The carrier could be unsystematic; no physical signs of illness and unaware that they are infected. So, having schools introduce condom use to their teenagers pressures both the parents and teens into having conversations about sex that may feel premature. Some districts went so far as to build new elementary schools without playgrounds. With one market in town, students also didn't have easy access to condoms.
Another website includes quotes from various leaders against the distribution of condoms in schools. There are those who are for birth control being provided in public school and those who are against it. Those who plan on abstaining will still do so. Some schools today are distributing birth control items to promote the thoughts and ideas of safe sex. And so, having them readily accessible in washrooms relieves all of that embarrassment.
For example, think about how everyone went from not wearing seat belts to wearing seat belts. Opponents of distribution of condoms state that distribution will encourage sexual activity and put the idea that premarital sex is acceptable. According to Professor Mike Kelly, director of the Centre for Public Health, schools are a crucial source of advice on sexual health for young people. Proponents claim that making contraception readily available is a matter of while opponents say that morality is at risk in doing so. Do you think more schools should take these same actions? In the percentage rate males who were reported using condoms every time they had sexual intercourse increased greatly, from.
I would rather see high schools distribute them then completely ignore the fact that some teenagers do have sex at all. American Journal of Public Health: 93 6 , 955-962. Susan Wooley, executive director of the American School Health Association, underscored this argument when discussing the proposed change in Milwaukee. Teens are beginning to have sex as early as the age of twelve. Decisions being made by teens today are resulting in consequences that are affecting their own health.
Condom availability in the schools, when combined with a comprehensive program of sex education, would help teenagers become more sexually responsible. I matured at a young age young then anyway , I was 11. I remember my sexual behavior as a teen. Of 1,200 students, 150 pregnancy tests were administered during the school year. Family Planning Perspectives: 30 2 , 67-73. . For religious or moral reasons, some people may strongly oppose making condoms available in schools, and both their beliefs and the community conflicts that might ensue should be properly considered.
On one hand it can be argued that it encourages teenagers to become more sexually active. The fact is, if people have to buy condoms, they are less likely to bother with it than if they were to have to buy them. Condoms being available would probably prevent a lot of pregnancies and the spread of std's. That study, conducted in California, was designed to detect small changes in delay in the onset of sexual intercourse; it randomly assigned 7,753 youths in middle school to either treatment or control conditions and tracked them for 17 months. It would only lead to explosions. In a recent small survey taken at the University of Wyoming, the numbers show that of the 36 students who took the survey, 24 agreed that most teens in high school are sexually active, only ten disagreed, and two were unsure. One third of all teenage pregnancies end in abortion, about 45% of those we.