When only 13 states in the nation require sex education to be medically accurate, a lot is left up to interpretation in teenage health literacy. Research published by the Public Library of Science shows that when sex education is comprehensive, students feel more informed, make safer choices and have healthier outcomes — resulting in fewer unplanned pregnancies and more protection against sexually transmitted diseases and infection. Of course many young students pick up sexual health information from sources other than school — parents, peers, medical professionals, social media and pop culture.
What Does Comprehensive Sex Ed Look Like?
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The eighth graders who dashed around the classroom sounded like parrots in a pet store. The students asked each other the same question over and over. None of the students wore hats. Instead, they clutched slips of paper printed with images of colored hats. When asked for their hat, the student made a choice.
Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional. In their analysis of U. Compared to abstainers, teens who only have casual sex are at greater risk for lower grades and problems in school, and are more likely to be expelled or suspended, less likely to be attached to school, and less likely to go to college. But the school performance of teens who have sex only with romantic partners is not much different from that of abstainers.
There's nothing simple about teaching kids about sex. In these times of precocious pre-teens, pregnancy among teenagers, and sexually transmitted diseases and infections STDs , children and adolescents need much more than a one-time chat about the birds and the bees. Research has shown time and time again that abstinence-only education doesn't work. The research has shown it time and time again: Abstinence-only education doesn't affect the rates at which teenagers decide to have sex.