How Important is Sex Education for Teenagers?

The most non-discussed, taboo topic in today's society is 'sex', though being the most important, everyday discussion. It is necessary to educate the youth regarding sex and impart knowledge regarding its significance in life.


The most non-discussed, taboo topic in today's society is 'sex', though being the most important, everyday discussion. It is necessary to educate the youth regarding sex and impart knowledge regarding its significance in life. Today's young generation has a wrong idea about sex. May it be because it isn't discussed openly like any other topic and because they have found answers to their questions from the wrong sources. Since the youth have access to the internet without any restrictions, they tend to have easy access even to porn sites. But what's picturised in those sites cannot be applied in day-to-day real life.

When a child reaches its youth stage, it develops a curiosity about life. The more interest they have, the more they can access many things. For instance, when an adolescent reaches puberty, the changes experienced in one's physical and mental body are enormous and new to them. And in most cases, these changes aren't discussed in advance with them. Parents tend to have a huge communication gap, and the current curriculum has no such thing as sex education. Therefore these young kids discuss this either with their fellow friends or find answers on their own by referring to specific sites. But the answers found online may not be accurate or up to the mark consistently. Most of the time, it's all false information or the exaggerated version.

Children tend to learn easier and faster. At a tender age of 7-8 years, when they are intellectually and emotionally able to understand their surroundings, it's better to reveal the knowledge about sex, puberty, and other related things. It would be better to discuss the attraction and affection towards the opposite sex before they reach that particular stage. Parents need to diversify their point of view and openly discuss matters regarding sexual intercourse, menstrual cycle, changes taking place during the age of puberty, sex addiction, opposite-sex attraction, etc., with their children by the time they reach puberty. Most parents feel uncomfortable or embarrassed to discuss these matters with their children. One of the possible reasons for the increased rape and assault cases in India is no sex education. People from backward or underdeveloped societies do not have a clear-cut idea about respect towards the opposite sex. They are still stuck in the male-dominant culture. This has to be changed. Sex education is not the only undiscussed matter. The various other things like respecting each sex equally, providing equal opportunities to both of them, eradicating a dominant society, etc., must be discussed.

Lastly, it has to be made clear that a human, be any sex, gender, creed, or any other basis, is not to be objectified. No one owes or owns another person's life. Each one is responsible for their own life and its decisions. Rather than questioning 'Does humanity still exist?', after an incident has occurred, it is better to teach our future generation the value of life and respect each human being equally. When education is imparted appropriately regarding all these essential issues from home and school, we can build a better future.

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