Sex education

November 7, 2023


Sure, sex may not be as forbidden as it earlier was, but most aids concentrate on catering particularly to hetero, able-bodied readers who don’t toil with mental health matters.
So let me make it clear to those people who think sex education can corrupt the minds of people, Sexuality education draws from what science can show related to sexual understanding, perspectives, and behaviour. The education highlights that sexuality is an honest as well as a natural part of healthy living and growing up. It encompasses biologically and medically accurate information about “sexual activity” as well as “sexuality”.
We do agree that sex education is not a simple thing that can be given at any point of time. Rather there are so many other factors where we can make children understand things including sexuality as well as mental health connected with it.
There is always a missing piece in sex education whenever we dictate it to others. Educating people on sex/sexuality improves self-awareness; it relates the diverse values and beliefs represented in a community, society, and culture. In a psychological and societal context, it encourages healthful societal and emotional development. We can assure that, if properly taught, it enhances the feelings of self-determination, competence, and connection with significant others and expands knowing oneself.
Topics like Gender identity, sexual violence, sexual and reproductive knowledge, body image, relationships, masturbation should be covered and properly articulated to children from their very change age itself. These could make them aware it’s all natural as it is, and it’s not something “rocket science”. Specifically it could decrease the stress and anxiety in children as well as the big city “curiosity” in them.
In this modern fast paced world, it’s really easy for children to encounter/watch things which are unrealistic in sex/sexuality and that misconception can cause different kinds of problem like unhealthy masturbation, watching porn, highly imaginative expectations from opposite gender etc. It is no their problem, they are getting everything out from their fingertips/ or one click away. Thus, there are different channels where we can reach out to children to address this yet another simple as well as sophisticated topic.

Schools can complement and expand what minors learn from their homes, religious and community groups, coequals, health care professionals, and especially from the media. An integrated approach should starts from kindergarten, prolongs through high school, and entails lifelong learning. It wraps a wide range of topics in ways that are a good match with a student’s development, motivation, and cultural background.
Apart from schools, there are counselling and related programs that can:
(a) Teach about sexual health,
(b) Engender responsible sexual behaviour and relationships, and
(c) Promote personal well-being.
Such teaching contains a direction on cognitive development, emotional development, and behavioural development. Effective instruction requires refining such guides to better match a learner’s current motivation, capabilities, and states of being.
With all these perspective also, with all human development and lifestyle learning, the process begins early at home and resumes at school and in other fora in which a youngster experiences.