Last week, students across the nation discussed when and by whom sexual education should be taught to kids in our #DoNowSexEd post. We asked students Given evidence that many girls and boys are physically maturing faster than previous decades, do you think schools should start sex-ed at a younger age? When is the right time to start talking to kids about their changing bodies, and what are the best ways to have that conversation? Who should educate kids about puberty — parents or schools or both?
Only half of American public schools teach sex education to their students, usually in the fifth and sixth grade. However, more and more evidence shows that puberty for girls and boys in America is starting earlier compared to previous generations.
Students raised key points in the discussion such as the importance of being well informed, the maturity level of students and the role of parents in teaching the topic. The majority of students agreed that kids should be introduced to the topic at an earlier age.
Conversation Starts with Parents
Many students discussed the need for parents to introduce the subject to their kids.
— Jared Choate (@lifelensestudio) February 17, 2014
— Parker Hoefert (@hoeferpa2015) February 14, 2014
Schools Need to Teach Sex Ed
Others also discussed the importance of schools providing information as well.
— Ron Lo (@RontheKid_20) February 12, 2014
— Katherine (@kjab15) February 12, 2014
What’s the Right Age to Learn About Sex?
Many debated about the appropriate age kids should learn about sex.
— Maritza (@Ri7za) February 10, 2014
— MIGGLE (@EBA_Miguel) February 12, 2014
Limit Information About Sex with Younger Kids
Even if they start sex education earlier, several students questioned how much kids should learn.
— Alivia (@ahorsley15) February 14, 2014
— Chris Quartieri (@C_Quartieri) February 13, 2014
Impact of Media on Sex
One student pointed to the impact media can have on kids about the topic.
— Jarod Fritchman (@JarodFritchman) February 11, 2014
It’s Working Just Right
Some believed schools should continue to introduce the topic at the current grade level.
— Sarina V. (@vongsasa) February 11, 2014
— TaSheena W. (@tasheenamaria) February 10, 2014
Younger Kids Are Too Immature to Learn About Sex
Many students were concerned about whether or not younger kids could handle the information.
— Tiye Clopton (@kingtiberius_) February 13, 2014
9 year olds can't handle the word "boob," they aren't ready for sex ed. Ease students into it gradually starting in 4th grade. #DoNowSexEd
— Ciara (@ciarafolan15) February 13, 2014
Early Awareness is Best!
Many students argued that the more information at a younger age, the better.
— Kayla Cape (@EBA_Cape) February 12, 2014
— Veronica DeMore (@Demoreve2015) February 12, 2014
— David (@TreyRawls) February 10, 2014
Many students went more in depth about whether or not sex education should be taught earlier in the comments section of the #DoNowSexEd post. Here’s a conversation about the implications of teaching sex education at too young an age.