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Sex education - what people say

A selection of young people related personal stories written by different people from all around the world and sent to AVERT.

Anon 7

I've been private (Catholic) schooled all my life, and I'm 16. From the age of 2. My school no longer shows "the video" about sex ed. to the kids. hey tell us, "Don't get pregnant girls." But when you're 11 and someone tells you that, thinking back it's like, "How do you not get pregnant?" Because if you don't know what not to do until after you do it, it's useless. So this is just me supporting the idea that schools need to bump up the amount of sex ed. they give their kids.

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Anon 8

Sex education is a strong factor in any ones life no matter how old or how young you are. It teaches not only preventive methods of pregnancy, but also condom usage (correctly), STD's (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), puberty, abstinence, and birth control. I think sex education should be taught from the age of 8 years and above.

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Jane 2

Well I'm 14 years of age and so far i have only had 2 sex-ed lessons. I go to an all girls school. And my first sex -ed lesson was when i was in grade 5 and everyone put up a fuss, the parents, and us children, the older grades had told us these frightening stories, and the teachers told us we could leave the lesson at anytimes due to complaints. My second sex-ed lesson was last year in grade 9. And the stuff they covered was basically all the stuff our bodies had been through.

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Vanessa 1

At school I first talked about sex and puberty when I was ten we were all shown a very old videotape of a man and woman walking about naked. It was a pointless video to watch and I don't think it taught me anything nor my classmates. I had an older sister so I learnt most of the puberty stuff from her and my mother also told me what happens etc. I can't recall however her telling me to practice safe sex though e.g. condoms, properly because she was older then most mothers and I was young at the time maybe she thought I didn’t need to no all that just yet.

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I think children should be educated about sex because If a child gets pregnant they will, one, loose their virginity, and two pretty much loose their childhood.

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