There have been numerous polls taken in Canada, the United States, the UK etc, about how parents feel towards their children’s sexual education but yet there is no discussion as to whether the kids themselves believe they have received an adequate amount. However small, I conducted a personal poll of 100 kids aged 11-18- from all over Ontario- asking them if they believed they received enough sexual education in school. The results? 97% said they feel they did not, or have not yet received enough sexual education in school. Now, that may simply be only 100 kids out of millions, but you really have to come to terms with what the education system actually teaches the students.
Some stories kids posted online about their sexual experience included:
Dakota- 21 says:
“My school showed puberty and sex ed. tapes which were not very helpful. I started my period when I was 11 and they didn't show the puberty tape until I was 12 or 13. We had counsellors come talk in the class, and all they said was don’t do it and tried to scare us with pregnancy, STDS, and of course they said it hurt, and most people got no pleasure from it the first time. They were not helpful at all.”
Mitch- 16 said:
“Okay so I've been private (Catholic) schooled all my life, and I'm 16. My school no longer shows "the video" about sex ed. to the kids. In grade 5 they decided that they were no longer going to show it to us. The parents from my school also tend to be much more reserved in talking about sex with their children. Most of my friends didn't even know about their periods. They knew even less about sex. Only what we discussed in religion class: "Don't have sex. It's against the Catholic faith before you're married." That's all the teachers ever told us. The only other time it was mentioned was out of our science text book, and even that was only on how a baby forms. They teach us nothing, our parents don't tell us. They tell us, "Don't get pregnant girls." But when you're 11 and someone tells you that, thinking back it's like, "How do you not get pregnant?" Because if you don't know what not to do until after you do it, it's useless. So this is just me supporting the idea that schools need to bump up the amount of sex education.” As of today, there are two types of sexual education being taught in schools: 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. Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs emphasize abstinence from all sexual behaviours and do not cover information on contraceptives, STDs, masturbation, etc.
Most schools, however, teach in the spectrum leaning towards the middle which exclude masturbation and body image.
According to the Government of Canada, while 2008 saw the lowest abortion/pregnancy rate in decades- with a 36.9% decrease in five years- with only 30 million dollars being spent on abortions in Ontario alone, within the past three years, it has sky rocketed to an astounding 80 million dollars annually. With TV shows like Teen mom and 16 and pregnant, the glamour effect is seemingly encouraging more and more teenage girls to have planned pregnancies in their teen years. As of 2002, the pregnancy rate of