Teenage Sex Essay

790 Words Apr 24th, 2007 4 Pages
One of the world's biggest problems in today's society is teenage sex. United States has the highest pregnancy, abortion and child birth among teenagers. The biggest reason for this is because children grow up with the media promoting sex. Movies, music and magazines send the message that sex is okay and often expected. Teenagers don't fully understand the consequences that can arise from there decisions. The national campaign to prevent teen pregnancy has done a lot of studies and found about twenty percent of adolescents will have sexual intercourse before there fifteenth birthday and one in seven sexually active fourteen year olds will become pregnant. It has also been a concern that sexually active teenagers are far more likely to …show more content…
Therefore, much of the "sex education" that adolescents receive filters through misinformed or uninformed peers. Today there are two different forms of sexual education class's. Depending on what your state or local school district wants teens either learn comprehensive sexuality education or the abstinence only until marriage program. Comprehensive Sexuality Education is a program that starts in kindergarten and continues through high school. It brings up age appropriate sexuality topics and covers the broad spectrum of sex education, including safe sex, STDs, contraceptives, masturbation, body image, and more. If this is the type of sex education your teen is receiving at school there may be times that you need to buffer some of the information, as it may have come sooner than your teenager needed it. Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs emphasize abstinence from all sexual behaviors and do not cover information on contraceptives, STDs, masturbation, etc. A 2005 study of youth who were involved in an abstinence-only program that required them to sign a pledge of abstinence found that STD infection rates among youth who took the pledge were not different than those youth who did not take a pledge of abstinence. These programs may succeed in getting youth to slightly delay their first intercourse experience, but because they do not provide information about protection, youth

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