Sex education is the education that is given to individuals on sexual behavior. It is the process of acquiring information, attitude, and belief about sex. It is education for awareness especially our adolescents about sex-related issues. Sex education does not encourage early initiation of intercourse but instead can delay first intercourse and lead to more consistency and understanding of what the concept is all about. It is the process of acquiring information and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex, sex identity relationship, and intimacy. It involves developing young people‟s skills so that they make informed choices about their behavior.
Why is sex education in India important for teenagers?
There is a common thought process that sex education means only talking about sexual intercourse between two people. But that is not the case.
Sex education is a comprehensive process of providing information and helping young individuals form attitudes and beliefs about sexual intimacy, relationships, and one’s sexual identity. It also helps develop an understanding in children about consent and the importance of making informed choices and being confident about them.
Sex Education Doesn’t Increase Sex:
Just because you have a raincoat doesn’t mean it’s going to rain. There’s a silver lining to studies that say abstinence-only education doesn’t reduce kids having sex. What is it? All the other studies that say providing condoms in schools doesn’t make kids more promiscuous.
Over the past 20 years, numerous studies have consistently demonstrated that teaching comprehensive sex education in schools doesn’t have the downside most people are afraid of.5 In other words, providing condoms in schools doesn’t encourage adolescents to start having sex earlier, or even more often. Having those condoms available does seem to encourage teens to use them, but only if they would be having sex anyway.
Know Means No:
The more kids know, the more likely they are to say “No.” Teenagers aren’t stupid. When a teacher tells them that only abstinence can protect them from the dangers of STDs and pregnancy, they know they’re being lied to. At the very least, they know they’re being misled.
Giving adolescents an accurate picture of the risks of different types of sexual behavior can help them make informed decisions about sex. The most effective sex education programs tend to be the ones that try to steer teens away from specific activities that are particularly high risk.
Sex education is not just about sex and birth control as many would like to believe. In fact, it is possibly the most important education to be imparted to someone entering his or her teens (the right age to begin is still being debated in different societies). It involves addressing the potential confusion that is associated with physiological changes that begin to be visible as the teen years set in and this confusion can have negative consequences.
Sex is an interpersonal activity that involves both the physical and emotional interaction between two people. If both are not at similar levels of awareness and acceptance, the resulting conflict can be damaging, physically and emotionally. Therefore, sex education has to address both aspects. The lack of awareness and understanding of the physical and behavioral aspects of the opposite sex is usually the beginning of the conflict between sexes and these need to be addressed.