There are many cases which shows that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion are very common in youngsters. This is due to the insufficient knowledge which they get from media or by listening from here and there.
So it is important to include sex education as a part of school curriculum. Formal sex education include educating children about Sexually Transmitted Disease (STDs) and their spreading and protecting oneself from unplanned pregnancies.
As we know at the adolescent age children become aware about the changes in their body and they also get very curious to know about it. So, it is far better to teach them all about human sexuality in a professional and structured manner, than led them to find out from unreliable sources. It help them to protect themselves from STDs, sexual abuse so, we must provide them correct guidance.
Since the young age, we should take children to say NO and they must be taught that their body is their own and their consent is extremely important. They should encourage to ask question and clarify their doubts, as half knowledge is dangerous. If they don’t want to ask questions in public, we can keep an anonymous box in classroom where children can write down their questions on a slip of paper, and get them clarified from the teacher.
Sex education should begin from primary school level itself in a mild level. They must be taught about different parts of body and about good touch and bad touch. As we have heard many cases of abuse of 3-4 year old child so these help us to protect them from child abuse.
There are some people who are against sex education for young children. But it is necessary to understand that by providing them knowledge we are ensuring that they will make informed decisions about themselves. We are leaving choice to them to practice safe sex if they want to be sexually active. So, instead of forbidden them from having sex, by clearly explaining risk and concepts we are making them more responsible.
So, sex education is important, and it should be enforced in school curriculum through which we are able to protect youngsters from STDs, abuse and unwanted pregnancy and help them in being a informed person.