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Importance of sex education among school children

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The rape cases in society are rising day by day. But in many cases, victims usually have no idea what is happening to them. They live sad life because of that. Realising this, it is important to include sex education in school so that the children can understand what is a good touch and what is bad touch.

Sex education teaches students about sex, and sexuality and gives awareness to students regarding maintaining their sexual health. Sex education in schools can help students to break all the taboos revolving around sex and sexuality.

It allows students to make the right decisions.

Comprehensive sex education covers topics like human development, reproductive health, understanding of gender, sexual behaviour and safety, etc.

There are several taboos or stigmas associated with sexuality and sex. Therefore, it is critical to eliminate these taboos to support young people in leading healthy lifestyles. For instance, menstruation is stigmatised in some cultures and many myths about it are handed down to younger generations. These beliefs may have a negative impact on their academic performance and mental health. Sex education can debunk these myths, inform pupils of the facts and eliminate stereotypes as a result.

Schools can play a significant role in imparting knowledge regarding sex, sexuality and sexual wellness to students. This can help students to be mindful and keep themselves away from dangers and also to maintain their mental health. This aids in building an inclusive environment in schools and foster a positive culture in school. To adequately prepare children for healthy and consensual relationships, they must learn about sexuality and safer sex behaviours before becoming sexually active. Age-appropriate comprehensive sex education would enable students to be responsible and take care of themselves in terms of physical and mental health.

Moreover, because of teenage pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, students may drop out of school. Hence, to prevent dropouts and to improve the performance of the students, sex education ought to be integrated into the school curriculum. Also, in many cultures, sex education is considered taboo, therefore young children are not aware of puberty and the bodily changes associated with it. Through sex education, students will be acquainted with these changes and will be able to deal with them on their own when the time comes.

Sex education helps to establish a strong relationship between the school and the students or the teachers and the students. This allows them to rely on their educators or teachers when some problems arise. They will feel confident that schools can help them resolve their issues. In this way, sex education helps to build a positive relationship between the school and its students. This fosters a healthy environment in schools.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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