During a teenager’s life one of the the most daunting, and pressuring, things to think about is sex.
With this being an important and inevitable factor in every teenager’s life, it is the duty of all schools to provide the necessary information and guidance to our young people, and to prepare them with the thoughts, emotions and feelings ahead of them.
It is crucial that every teenager should know not only the basics on sex and the science of it, but also the emotional and physical effects it can have on a person.
With this in mind, it is horrifically shocking to think that one third of young people have had no experience of sex education, or any lesson of that sort.
In most schools teenagers from Years 7 to 11 are taught scientific lessons on the functions of sex, which includes learning the sexual organs, and the reproductive system.
These lessons in particular can be described as very clinical, and unemotive – perhaps even awkward and uncomfortable for the students.
In contrast to these lessons, some schools do offer brief lessons on sexual health and education, where they will briefly discuss protection and emotions. However, this is not enough.
With the recent news of the rise in sexual offences being committed, now is the best time to introduce new and in-depth lessons on sexual health.
There is a dire need of more emotive lessons being conducted, which discuss not only sex and protection, but also what comes with having sex, and growing up.
Sexual relationships are key when developing as a teenager. However, not many schools discuss what can be expected in a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ relationship, and this needs to be changed.
With school children not knowing what constitutes as an ‘unhealthy’ relationship, it gives sex offenders more of a breach to commit crimes, that lead to no charges.
In addition to this, there needs to be more focus on the different types of relationships; this includes gay and lesbian relationships.
If we can get a younger generation accepting and becoming comfortable with the prospect of gay and lesbian couples, then it will break down the prejudice barriers that some people have, and make our society a lot more acceptable.
The main thing that needs to come out of these new and improved lessons, which must be planned, is that teenagers need to know who to contact if they ever get themselves into an ‘unhealthy’ or abusive relationship.
Too many teenagers live with the fact that they are being abused, and do nothing about it.
But if there was more awareness put out in schools, perhaps some teenage lives will be spared.
It is becoming ever so apparent that there is a desperate need for more sexual education in schools, as teenagers need to feel secure and sure of themselves as they grow into adults.
A teenager’s life is already complicated, and full of emotions and complications, so the need for a comfortable and confined space for them to think and speak to people, in confidence, is crucial.
They need to know what to do and be wary of the risks that they may face.
For more information go to www.sexeducationforum.org.uk.