Georgetown Study: Sex Education Should Start At Age 10
How young is too young to start teaching children about sexual health?
According to a Georgetown University study, kids between 10 and 14 should be getting sex education because children at that age are susceptible to experimentation.
Read background from Campus Reform:
Those involved in the study suggest that it would help avoid unintended pregnancies, maternal deaths, unsafe abortions, and sexually transmitted infections because the “very young adolescents” would be exposed to these potential dangers at an age when their sexuality and gender identity begin to emerge—said to be ages 10-14.
“If programs…are implemented at a time when adolescents are still malleable and relatively free of sexual and reproductive health problems and gender role biases, very young adolescents can be guided safely through this life stage, supported by their parents, families and communities,” the study’s authors suggest.
The authors argue that kids are susceptible to experimentation during this four year span of developing sexual and gender identities, which could result in them taking unnecessary risks unless they are properly trained. The study also suggests that current programs either encourage abstinence-only solutions by telling teens sex is dirty, or the programs aren’t tailored to this key age group, thereby making these solutions ineffective.
So, should this lesson plan be at school or home? Parenting experts and mothers Stefanie Weiss and Marybeth Hicks were on “Fox and Friends” to weigh in.
The two agreed that children should learn about sex early on. However, Hicks said, “It’s not when, it’s who.” She said that programs should be directed toward parents to give them the tools to teach sexual education to their children within the context of their moral and religious beliefs.
Weiss noted that sometimes, kids don’t want to talk to parents about the awkward topic, so it could be beneficial to have someone at school who they feel safe discussing sex education with.
Watch the discussion above.