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Keep it Out by SionnaDehr Keep it Out by SionnaDehr
*sigh*
For some stupid reason people think that little kids (especially little kids) need to have their innocence taken away and replaced with knowledge about sex. I'm sorry but little kids don't need to know what goes on in a heterosexual's bedroom or a homosexual's bedroom. People who think that they do, are delusional and need to get their asses kicked to the curb and some idea of common decency instilled in their brains.
The first thing I learned about concerning the reproductive organs was the fact that I was going to end up having a menstrual cycle sometime or later. Even then, I didn't fully understand that and for four years after that class I was afraid of taking a shower and suddenly having blood just gush everywhere. I was ten when I went through that class.

The class barely served a purpose.

I didn't learn about what a vagina was until I was fifteen in a sexual purity class that my Christian School offered. They taught us about our bodies and, well, what basically happens when you have sex and the chances of getting STD's AID's and pregnancy even with the use of protection and birth control. We learned about the psychological side effects of abortion and the lot. In fact, we were told what we needed to know and what we did with that information was totally up to us.

I was in high school when my school taught me what I needed to know. By then, I felt ready. By then, I understood what it all was for. I got it.

Elementary kids and Middle Schoolers can't always handle that information. In fact, why are we encouraging young kids to have sex and teaching them about it when they should have better things to do? I mean, why aren't they getting more exorcize? Why aren't we teaching them more about health and the benefits of health? Why aren't we allowing them to keep busy through application of different things? Why can't we let kids be kids?

I'll tell you why. Because society today has made finding your "soulmate" more important above anything else. Society has made sex, "love", and emotions more important then reason, thinking, and finding other ways to not be bored. Everything is all about finding the right guy or girl, or who has had sex with so many partners? TV, Music, and even books have made that the most important thing above everything else and has turned our society into a bunch of weak wishy-washy sheep driven by emotion and sexual desire.

That is what life is all about these days and I say bullshit. People should keep this stupidity out of elementary and middle schools and only tell the kids what they need to know when they need to know it. Or, maybe schools should stop being made to so the parent's jobs and the parents should start parenting again?

Keep sex out of the younger grade schools and put it where the "mature" teenagers can handle it (of course, I use mature very loosely).
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DragonStar2197 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Teaching it in middle school is a good idea. Majority of the people in my school have had sex some time in middle school, and currently, I'm the only virgin girl in my class. :stare: My school has their own "sex ed" which is basically telling us that sex is wrong, and we should never do it or we're gonna get STDs right off the bat. Glad I never paid attention, my parents taught me about sex when I hit puberty, I never learned about it much because I had to do home school stuff up until after my freshman year of high school.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sex ed DEFINITELY needs to be taught in middle school! Are you nuts?! :stare:

That mentality is how several of my niece's classmates had already lost their virginity at 12 years old and were pregnant at 13 and 14 years old! Kids already know a lot about sex WAY before high school because of movies, television, and their peers. Avoiding the subject won't make them NOT have sex any more than addressing the subject WILL make them have sex. Teens are more likely to NOT have sex if they're truly educated/informed about it.

No matter what the age, I think it's vitally important that kids NOT be ashamed of their bodies or sexuality. That isn't healthy for them in puberty, their teen years, OR as an adult. That being said, though:

Elementary school aged children need to be taught about sex by their parents when they ask about sex, and the answers need to be truthful, frank, and only go as far as what the child asked about. You being afraid of gushing blood from your eventual first period wasn't due to being taught too young, it was more likely because you weren't taught enough. There are plenty of companion books out there for parents to properly teach their tweens about imminent puberty.

Middle school kids ABSOLUTELY need some form of sex ed, specifically education about their bodies, how they work, what changes they are experiencing, how sexual intercourse works, how pregnancy does AND doesn't happen (i.e. yes, you CAN get pregnant your first time, no, you CAN'T get pregnant from a toilet seat, etc.), the OTHER different risks that come with sexual activity like HIV, STDs, STIs, and the importance of protection.

Moreover, the mental and emotional side effects/consequences of becoming sexually active need to be addressed as well because that is basically NEVER covered, even in high school sex ed.

Those same lessons need to be repeated in high school, in more detail and more graphically when it comes to pregnancy and STDs/STIs. They should cover contraceptives, too. The different kinds, how they work, how they're used, and with a stress on the fact that none of them are 100% effective.

The fact that you received a "Sexual Purity" class in high school is bothersome in that I really do think the morality of sex should stay out of the classroom and be the responsibility of parents. Sex ed in the classroom should be just that: education. Just the facts, plain and simple. If parents want to teach their kids that their bodies, urges, and sexual behavior in and of itself is shameful or "impure", that's up to them.

IMO, there's a delicate balance of teaching kids the importance of and risks associated with sexual activity, encouraging them to wait until they're ready (and preferably until marriage or at least until you are with the person you plan on marrying if that's your moral belief), and making sure they know — IF they choose to be sexually active — the importance of and HOW to practice safe sex. Sex shouldn't be made out to be dirty or shameful but rather the important gift that it is.

While I would do all of the above as far as encouraging my teen to wait, I would also want him/her to be comfortable enough to come to me with concerns/questions, and know that if they DO choose to become sexually active, they can come to me in order to be SAFE about it (although with additional thorough urging to NOT be active yet) without being demonized or slut-shamed. It's when kids HIDE that behavior that bad things happen.

If your teen wants to have sex, nothing is going to stop them. It would be more important to me for my teen to be educated and safe than ignorant and catch an STD/STI or — God forbid — end up being a teenage parent. There's a reason why states that require comprehensive sex ed have markedly lower teen pregnancy rates than states that are "abstinence-only".
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KINGRIEVOUS Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a talking land shark.........
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Kfcnyancat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Elementary Schools certainly shouldn't, but I believe middle schools should teach it.
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Mix-Match-Girl23 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are an idiot. In my state, due to lack of proper sex education, there were girls at my school pregnant! We were taught about sex in 7th Grade and it has (hopefully) saved a lot of uf from making the wrong choice and getting pregnant. When I was in 6th grade, there was a pregnant sixth grader! She was STILL a CHILD!
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed. Not talking about it doesn't keep kids from having sex. It just makes them have it stupidly. When it comes to sex, ignorance isn't bliss. It's dangerous.

When my niece was in middle school there were girls losing their virginity in the school bathroom stalls at TWELVE YEARS OLD. More than one of them was pregnant by the time they were 13.

I do not understand why in God's name ANYBODY would want sex ed to NOT be taught in middle school. That's the most critical age for it if you ask me! :stare:
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ChippingChart66 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
That's just plain scary! I was pretty shocked when I found out a girl in a high school physics class was pregnant, and took a wild guess the guy who got her pregnant wanted to have sex with her because he thought it was cool, and not because he wanted to become a daddy too soon, which unfortunately ended up happening anyway! Luckily, she was a senior, and didn't give birth until a month after she graduated.
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EmeraldHeroes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How old are you in elementary and middle school? We just have years in the UK.
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animedisneyluver809 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Elementary kids are six to ten years old. Middle schoolers are 11-13 or 14 year olds.
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EmeraldHeroes Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. That's been confusing me for ages but I kept forgetting to look it up. ^^;
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