Importance of sex education stressed

Sex education is not a debatable issue, said Sanjay Deshpande, vice president, Council of Sex Education and Parenthood International-India.

All schools should have sex education. It is not just girls who get abused, 53 per cent of boys are also victims of sexual abuse. “We need to educate them culturally,” he said.

He was talking at a symposium on Sex Education in Schools organised as part of the 31st National Conference on Sexology and the annual meet of the Council of Sex Education and Parenthood International-India by Dr. Promodu’s Institute of Sexual and Marital Health here on Sunday.

Sex education would help students develop personal values and understand interpersonal relationships as they explore their own sexuality, said P.N. Vijayan, physician.

On getting information from sources they can trust, children would become more aware of safety and develop self-confidence in approaching issues of sexuality. Then they would also be able see the dangers lurking beneath what is being promoted as things of pleasure on the Internet, he added.

Pooja Suresh, a class XI student from a city school, said teenagers’ perception of sex is different from the information they get bombarded with from the Internet or their peers. It would be good if the knowledge comes woven into the syllabus. Most students are in the dark about many aspects of the issue because of the half-cooked information they get, she said.

Students feel uncomfortable broaching the subject with their regular teachers while they are happy to have a counsellor to talk to about it, she said.

School counsellor Hitha P.S. said that media is in many ways responsible for depicting woman as a sex object. Students are willing to learn if they get the right kind of orientation. Sex education should be part of the curriculum from the lower classes as children from the age of 8-10 years are inquisitive about the opposite gender.

They are instinctive and do not think of the consequences of the information they get from peers or the Internet Parents have a major role in guiding children on the subject, she added.

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