Eric Leven

Kids Pay the Price for Lack of Sexual Education and Communication

Filed By Eric Leven | October 18, 2007 12:22 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: birth control, kids, sex-ed

Recently a contagious strain of get-pregnant hit a group of middle school girls in Portland, Maine and school officials decided to have birth control on supply as a healthy alternative. The article states:

After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11. King Middle School will become the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available, including birth control pills and patches. Condoms have been available at King's health center since 2000."

In the video link accompanying this article one parent says, "We are not educating our kids. We are avoiding our responsibilities, and that's sad." You know what? He's ab-so-lutely right! Birth control doesn't prevent kids from having sex it just prevents them from having babies. When are people going to wake up and realize this isn't the 1700's anymore and it's actually in fact, 2007? It's just sex. Talk about it. Communicate openly and honestly with youth about sex, safety, self respect and waiting until they feel they're making the best decision for themselves. Coach the youth on other sexual activities and alternatives outside of intercourse. I agree with having birth control on hand at the school so girls who feel as though they can't talk to their parents can have access to it. But the problem is with the parents and the system, not the girls. As a parent in this day and age it is your responsibility to allow your child the freedom and confidence to approach you with anything. You cannot assume the children will come to you. You have to go to them first! The girls affected by this are victims of a dishonest, dated system of non-communication and misinformation. Sex and sex communication classes are a necessary component of modern life. Teach, educate, communicate!

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | October 19, 2007 12:21 AM

I don't understand parents who won't educate their kids about sexual health. We have ample evidence that kids are having sex and getting pregnant and becoming infected with STDs. Pretending that its not happening makes no sense.

Our daughter has been on birth control since she turned 13. Of course, this was after we found out she'd already had sex. But instead of castigating her, we thought it would be best if she were protected while making the choices we didn't approve of. While we may not like the idea of her having sex that young, we weren't around to stop it and it was her decision to live with. If she makes that decision again, we want to protect her as much as possible.