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Timely sex education is the right of every growing teen! Here’s why

In times of increased access to content, the importance of sex education has become all the more necessary for teenagers.
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Keep communication channels open for children to talk about sex or periods. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Purvi Kalra Published: 11 Sep 2022, 19:26 pm IST
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When was the last time your teenage kid used the concepts of algebra in real life? Never, until he or she decides to become an engineer or scientist, isn’t it? You must have seen your child struggling to learn those, but no one really stopped him from doing it. Why? Because somewhere you know it’s essential to learn them.

However, why do we bat an eyelid when the topic of sex surfaces in front of teenagers? With growing information about sex content on the internet, don’t you think that, with hormonal changes, your child can feel intrigued to learn more on the topic? The content over the web poorly portrays sex, and there is a chance of your child falling prey to the wrong means. There comes the importance of sex education!

Health Shots reached out to clinical psychologists Dr Kamna Chhibber and Dr Smita Vasudev to understand the importance of sex education among teens.

Why is sex education for teenagers important?

Children have the right to understand their body, the changes it experiences at puberty, and their growing sexual needs.

1. Right sex education helps prevent harboring of myths and misconceptions

With growing sexual content over the internet and the way it reaches children, it’s important to build awareness among teens on both aspects, attraction and sex education.

Dr Chhibber says, “Informing teens and helping them understand the changes they are likely to experience, helps facilitate the processing of the same. It also prevents the harboring of myths and misconceptions and doesn’t allow young people to hold on to false notions.”

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Schools should also introduce sex ed at an appropriate age. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. It helps to make informed decisions

Conversations surrounding sex should not be a one-time thing. Parents should remain constantly involved and create a safe, understanding atmosphere for their kids to ask their questions and get their doubts and insecurities resolved.
According to Dr Vasudev, “It helps teens make safer and informed decisions in their adolescent years. They get to learn about the hardships and challenges of unwanted teen pregnancies, and hence avoid them.”

3. Protection from sexual abuse or violence

There is a necessity to look at ensuring that sex education is done in an age-appropriate manner so your children can learn to differentiate between a good or a bad touch. This can guard them against falling prey to any kind of sexual abuse or violence. The adults should take this initiative in helping teens become comfortable in sharing their concerns, asking questions, and being willing to engage in ongoing conversations.

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Awareness about safe sex is better for overall health! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Helps to maintain sexual hygiene and prevent STDs

Only when your child is rightly aware of his/her body will be able to take good care of reproductive health and sexual hygiene. Alongside this, it will also educate them about the possibility of getting a sexually transmitted disease. So, before they plan to have sex with someone, they will know the dos and don’ts of it beforehand.

5. Better understanding and autonomy over their body

In the years of puberty, a child goes through a lot of changes in his/her body. Right sex education not only helps in processing the basics of puberty, but also in understanding the development in their bodies. They’ll learn to say no to unwanted sex.

 

 

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About the Author

After testing her skill-set in the field of management and marketing, Purvi Kalra is exploring the world of turning thoughts to words. Her penchant for writing stems for being an avid reader all her life. Her work drives her to be better every day. ...Read More

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