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Discussing explicit sex acts in high school is essential to educate students about what is ‘normal’ in the internet age, Family Planning Victoria (FPV) educators said today.
They were responding to criticism of the State Government’s Catching On sexuality education program, which includes a work sheet with various sexual acts for Year 9 and
10 students (15/16 year olds) to discuss. Conservative lobby groups say such discussion is uncalled for and irresponsible. ButFPV believes it is essential to prevent young people from making bad decisions about sex.

FPV community educator Mandy Stevens says due to the proliferation of internet porn, many young people have an unrealistic view of sexuality and sex acts. As most would
not discuss these with their parents, the school’s role is important. ‘Because of internet porn, kids sometimes have a skewed view of what’s normal sex,’Mandy says. ‘In the internet age many young people feel pressured to engage in acts they otherwise would not. Now more than ever we need to discuss these acts with them and explain that some of what they see online is not necessarily common.’ Research shows sexuality education does not lead to students engaging in sex younger or more often. Government schools must teach it under the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS), and Catching On is a wide-ranging program which also covers puberty, relationships, safer sex and respecting diversity.

FPV works with many teachers to help them deliver a comprehensive sexuality education program. Community educator Athi Kokonis says it is important to educate
students, who may be confused about what sex is. For example many think oral sex is not ‘real’ sex. Athi says raising such questions also allows teachers and students to talk about the
students’ values. This helps students to make informed decisions about what they do or don’t want to do. ‘Discussing all types of sex is a must if our young people are to become sexually literate, and to arm them with the knowledge they need to protect themselves,’ Athi says. ‘Schools are well placed to support parents in educating their children about sexuality.’

(FPV is the leading Victorian provider of youth sexuality education and clinical services).

What do you think? should we be more open about discussing sex in schools? I went to a catholic school, and our sex ed didn't even involve education regarding protection. At what age and to what degree should children/adolescents be educated in sex? is that the role of the school, or the parent? or none of the above?
 

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I think schools should be much more open about sex education, teaching them about contraceptives, STDs and the numerous laws in their area/country regarding consent, abortion etc. Teenagers are having sex, and the worst thing schools can do is to not give them advice on how to stay safe and keep unwanted pregnancies and STDs away.
 

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As far as i am concerned, sex, just like proper lifestyle should be taught by the parents.
 

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Why is she trying to force him to look at her breasts, and what does it have to do with sex education in schools?
I'm sorry, I was spamming.








It's how I thought kids at school would react to icky sex talks.
 
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I think schools should be much more open about sex education, teaching them about contraceptives, STDs and the numerous laws in their area/country regarding consent, abortion etc. Teenagers are having sex, and the worst thing schools can do is to not give them advice on how to stay safe and keep unwanted pregnancies and STDs away.
Ok, but what about oral sex and the things society refers to 'deviant' sex, paraphilia's etc? I never once learned about homosexual sex in school. Is it not important that all sexual preferences are catered for in an educational institution if there is to be a serious and informative discussion about sex? and to what detail should we talk about these things?
 

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Ok, but what about oral sex and the things society refers to 'deviant' sex, paraphilia's etc? I never once learned about homosexual sex in school. Is it not important that all sexual preferences are catered for in an educational institution if there is to be a serious and informative discussion about sex? and to what detail should we talk about these things?
Teenagers should be taught about homosexual sex just like they would be taught about heterosexual sex. Both are perfectly natural and healthy activities.
 

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I heard that in some school in high risk areas, they have young teenagers carry rice bags to school all day for about a month or so during their sex education. The rice bags serve as 'children' to show students a small glimpse of how it is to experience being parents.

I think it's important to teach teenagers about the awareness of the realities associated with sex. After watching a child birthing video, with the horrendous picture of a vagina stretched to the size of a bowling ball, I made damn sure to never EVER get pregnant at a young age.

I think it's also much needed in areas where there is low income, and parents aren't around to guide or help their own kids, because they're struggling with work. This is not to single out teenagers from well-to-do areas either.. but the large majority of kids who do live in underprivileged areas do often feel as though they need to grow up much faster, because they lack the opportunities for attending college, so getting pregnant and starting a family at a young age (without the financial means) becomes a culture within itself, a way of life. If we can tackle that part, then I think we're also moving in a direction to prevent young teenage pregnancies, while their minds are still developing, so that they will be able to attend higher education for their own benefit.
 

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Honestly, I"m more worried about the information not coming from home. I wish any of this would make a difference in Catholic schools, but it won't. An education teaching tolerance would be wonderful. But there are people like my mother who went to Catholic school all her life and still think that being a lesbian is "just wrong". And people like this vote, for Christ sake. Ugh....not good.

And, er. High School is a little late.
 

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Ok, but what about oral sex and the things society refers to 'deviant' sex, paraphilia's etc? I never once learned about homosexual sex in school. Is it not important that all sexual preferences are catered for in an educational institution if there is to be a serious and informative discussion about sex? and to what detail should we talk about these things?
I don't think the education system is equipped to teach sex education, much less get into those details. I'm 100% positive my 6th grade sex ed teacher wasn't getting any at the time. It just seems hard to teach sex in a classroom. You kind of just have to go out and do it.

I will agree that teaching the consequences of unprotected sex is important.
 

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I don't think the education system is equipped to teach sex education, much less get into those details. I'm 100% positive my 6th grade sex ed teacher wasn't getting any at the time. It just seems hard to teach sex in a classroom. You kind of just have to go out and do it.

I will agree that teaching the consequences of unprotected sex is important.
Haha, i'm pretty sure half my teachers in high school weren't getting any either :laughing: coffee that is.
 

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I think sex should be broached at school. Heterosexuality and homosexuality should both be discussed and presented, preferably in a neutral way. If you leave this part of the kid's education to their parent, you risk passing down prejudices, issues and overall attitude that could generate future issues when the child grow up.

Obviously, the teaching plan should be carefully reviewed to avoid either expressing an opinion (be it about when, with who or such to have sex) and to avoid crossing the line into fetichism, which I think is something that should be a personal discovery as the children mature.
 

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Yeah, I think it's important to teach. I don't think they should start off with the complete "sex is dangerous" tone, they should be sure to start with how wondrous it is, but then after that go on with the consequences. Definitely they should teach about protection and STDs. As for when they should teach...it is a tricky issue, but I don't believe middle school is too early. That's when I learned it, and it didn't screw me up!
 

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As far as i am concerned, sex, just like proper lifestyle should be taught by the parents.
I agree, that is how it should be but too many parents drop the ball. I think there should be age appropriate sex education at every grade level.

I think schools should be much more open about sex education, teaching them about contraceptives, STDs and the numerous laws in their area/country regarding consent, abortion etc. Teenagers are having sex, and the worst thing schools can do is to not give them advice on how to stay safe and keep unwanted pregnancies and STDs away.
This definately need to happen.

I'll probably have my kids take Human Sexuality Class at a J.C. while they are in High School
 

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I agree, that is how it should be but too many parents drop the ball. I think there should be age appropriate sex education at every grade level.
Exactly.

This definately need to happen.
Agreed as well. Lack of sex ed can lead to an unhealthy relationship with your sexuality, mistakes caused by fear and embarrassment and, honestly, maintains the idea that sex is something wrong and shameful.
 

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I think where it would get tricky is staying neutral on certain topics such as abortion, homosexuality, ect because I think it is a parents right and job to teach their kids morals even if I do not agree with them. There is nothing wrong with teaching kids about what the human body does or how to protect themselves or the law.
 

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I think where it would get tricky is staying neutral on certain topics such as abortion, homosexuality, ect because I think it is a parents right and job to teach their kids morals even if I do not agree with them. There is nothing wrong with teaching kids about what the human body does or how to protect themselves or the law.
I think most people have a really tough time talking about homosexuality neutrally. I know a few people who had a rough time accepting their own desires because of what was taught as right and wrong to them.
 

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I think there should be "hands on" sex education. Nothing teaches you about orgasms like having one XD
 

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Teenagers should be taught about homosexual sex just like they would be taught about heterosexual sex. Both are perfectly natural and healthy activities.
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