When we’re faced with the issue of telling teenagers about sex, we tend to look around. While there is a lot of material on the Internet about sex. Don’t you think that with hormonal changes, your child may be curious about this topic? Content on the web portrays the wrong gender. In such a situation, the probability of the wrong influence of the child is greatly increased. We need to understand the importance of sex education for teenagers.
Health Shots spoke to clinical psychologists Dr. Kamna Chhibber and Dr. Smita Vasudev to find out the importance of sex education among teenagers.
Every child has the right to understand their body, the changes that they experience during puberty and their growing sexual needs.
Proper sex education helps dispel myths and facts
The way sexual content on the Internet reaches children is important to create awareness among teenagers about both aspects of sexual attraction and education.
Dr. Chhibber says:Talking to teens about sex and helping them understand the changes in their bodies helps them understand and process things. It also prevents myths from growing. Children or young people can run away from misconceptions.”
Getting the right information makes decision making easier
Conversations about sex don’t have to be done just once. Parents should continue the conversation. Parents should create such an environment at home that children do not face any problems in questioning and solving their doubts and insecurities.
According to Dr. Vasudev, “It helps teens make safe and healthy decisions during their teenage years. They learn about the problems and complications of unwanted teenage pregnancy. That’s why they avoid them.”
protection from sexual abuse or violence
It is necessary for a child to receive sexual education at an appropriate age. Children learn to distinguish between good and bad touch. It can protect them from being victims of any kind of sexual abuse or violence. This should take the initiative to help teenagers share their concerns, questions and engage in ongoing conversations with elders.
It helps to maintain sexual hygiene and prevent infectious diseases
When your child is properly aware of his body, only then can he take care of his reproductive health and sexual hygiene. It also educates them about the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
If they intend to have sex with someone, they should have all the information beforehand. Only then will they know what to do and what not to do.
better understanding of the body
During puberty, a child goes through many changes in his body. Proper sex education helps not only to understand the basics of sex, but also to understand the development of their body. They learn to say no to unwanted sex.