How Teens Have A Sexual Education

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Most teenagers today are sexually educated but where they getting their information is the real question. Most teenagers had a sexual education class as their primary source of basic knowledge when they were younger or in elementary school. As kids get older, many learn about sex from their parents, siblings, friends and the media. My survey found most teenagers still went to their parents for some questions or problems but their friends are a very important source for information also. Social media or television also provides a lot of answers to many questions while allowing teens to stay anonymous. It seems that the severity of the issue or question determines where teenagers will find their answers.
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“But if you haven’t been talking to your kids about their daily all along, asking about sex isn’t going to elicit any information.” (Dr. Daddis, 2010, New York Times, para. 5). He goes on to say that teens aren’t purposely withholding information, but they are trying to figure out what is mom and dad’s business. This article also points to teens not being completely open with their parents unless there is a major problem. It is important to keep the communication lines open from a very early age. If teens become used to sharing information with their parents regularly, it won’t be so hard to talk about important sexual issues.
If teens aren’t getting sex education from their parents, they turn to their friends or the media. Much of the information they get from their friends is incorrect or incomplete. Friends often get their information from other friends or the media. The last thing parents or teens want to is to get the wrong information. “Although the media is full of sex and sexuality, it is mostly depicted in the most sensational and superficial sense. Realistic portrayals of relationships and sexuality are rare. More often, issues around sex and sexuality appear either without any context or without any emotional or relationship component. Moreover, the risks of sexual activity are often hyped beyond the point teens will believe.”
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