Survey Abundantly Clear – Leave Sex Ed To Parents
Posted by Bill Bumpas
OneNewsNow – 1/19/2011
A new study reveals that just about all parents believe they should be the ones who primarily teach their children about sex.
For a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health(abstract), researchers interviewed 1,600 parents of school-aged children from Minnesota between September 2006 and March 2007. Practically all (98%) of the parents said children should get most information on sexuality from parents.
Chad Hills, analyst for sexual health and abstinence education with Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink, agrees that sex education begins in the home.
“Who else besides a parent knows the family values, their religious beliefs, [their] family principles regarding morals in relation to sexuality?” he asks. “And most importantly, who else knows the heart of their child better than the parent?”
In the study, parents were asked to pick two options regarding where young people should get most of their information about sex. The study results had teachers in second at 58 percent, followed by healthcare professionals at 43 percent and religious leaders at 30 percent.
However the study also revealed that parents believe most youngsters get their information from friends and media — a red flag for Hills because, as he points out, that more than likely means promiscuity is encouraged.
“Any time you take sex outside the God-given context of marriage, you’ve got to realize it’s going to spread disease, it’s going to create unwed mothers [and] children without fathers,” he cautions. “It destroys lives; it destroys futures.
The pro-family analyst says parents must find a way to break the ice and talk to their children about sex.