Kids will have sex and kids are not the most critical thinkers. Condoms should be accessible to high school students for free. The alternative will be kids still having sex, but with the risk of pregnancy or STDs. While some students will be wise enough to purchase their own forms of contraceptives, the majority will not.
Schools are not giving out condoms to promote sex. It is to promote safe sex due to an extremely high rate of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies. This is a health issue; if it wasn't then there wouldn't be this debate. There is very little evidence to support that giving out condoms increases sexual activity.
Schools are not just going to give out condoms to all students without proper discussion about sex education and sex practices. Likewise participation in these classes/session as well allowing students to receive condoms in school will be done with parental permission with parents having the right to refuse their child to partake.
It is all good saying that students should go to their parents to seek advice and guidance about sex and sex education, but that is what has been expected for a long time, and it is clearly obvious it is not working. Therefore school allows a safe and comfortable environment where professionals are able to discuss these things with students. Many parents do not have the proper education to give good advice to their children especially in low social economic status areas.
Those children who are fortunate enough to have parents who have significant knowledge and can talk to their children about sex should not have a problem with condoms being given out in school. Most of the people disagreeing on here say that their children should talk to you about sex, however if they do then giving them a condom will have no effect on their choices of having sex/safe sex causing no real issue. On the other hand if your child chooses not to talk to you, at least they have gained knowledge and have protection in case they do choose to have sex. If you had a problem with your child bringing home a condom, what message are you sending your child?
Before anything, it is not solely up to the male to be responsible for providing the protection. It is up to both the male and the female to make sure protection is worn. Therefore knowledge and protection should be given to both genders.
If children want to act like adults then they should take adult responsibility. Easy enough to say, unfortunately does not happen. In an ideal world we wouldn’t have this issue. With sex still a taboo subject in many homes and schools, lots of students do not receive sex education until they are in their later years of schooling. How are these students able to make adult informed decision when they have little knowledge on the subject? We cannot expect them to be adults, they are children. Children are more likely to make mistakes and make poor decisions, how can we punish them by not providing them with the proper support and knowledge they need and if this means giving them condoms then that is something we need to do.
They are going to do it whether you give them condoms or not. So you might as well just make sure they are safe. You are not encouraging them. You are preventing them from pregnancy and STD's. They will do it anyway, so why not make sure they are safe?
They are going to have sex- if schools give them the condoms or not. Yeah, they may be embarrassed to buy condoms, but why is that? Because society puts a label on them as scum if they are having sex outside of marriage or a relationship. Would you rather students steal condoms? Would you rather continue to have an issue with teen pregnancy? Do you want your 16-year-old to have to live with HIV and monitor everything they do and have to take dozens of medications and vitamins to keep themselves healthy? This is not a "green light" for teens to have sex- if they are going to have sex, they will. Instilling a sense of self-respect will keep your teen from sleeping around, but providing condoms will help keep students safer in their intimate lives.
Many students, about 70%, will have sex at some point within their high school careers. Granted, that number is declining rapidly over the decades, but it will never reach zero; not so long as teenagers are themselves. Sex is a natural part of life, its how we were all made, and people are going to have it. Some because you tell them not to, others because they're pressured, and so on. A lot of schools provide 'abstinence-only' programs for students to be in, and others don't have any means of teaching students about safe sex. There are a lot of things wrong with society today, and this is one of them in my opinion. Students, if they so desire, should be allowed to have condoms. If they don't get it from school, they'll buy it form the drug store. Ether way, teenagers have sex. It's life.
Your kids are not gonna tell you every single detail that goes on in their life. Sex is one of those things. You should support the fact that your kid's school would give free condoms to ensure the safety of their students. Not saying they shouldn't practice abstinence, which I'd prefer, but you can't force them. You are two different people. The message that condoms are being given at school sends shouldn't be,"we're giving you condoms, now go have sex". It's meant to be, "Hey, if you're gonna go out and have sex, we want you to be safe while doing it.
Many teenagers have sex. This is a fact that everyone knows. And I don;t know about you but I would rather have them have safe sex than having the girl get pregnant or either one getting an STD. Now schools shouldn't just give them out for free. Like if a student asks for one the school gives a condom to a couple no questions asked. There should be like counseling sessions or something. This isn't something that kids should be rushing into. It would make me feel better to know though that they are having safe sex compared to having sex without condoms.
By comparison, in schools reporting lower HRC use, the percentage of sexually active teens decreased from 61 to 56 percent, while condom use a last intercourse rose from 57 to 61 percent. Non-program schools showed an increase in sexual activity among teens, while condom use increased from 62 to 65 percent.
An increase in reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS, among adolescents has prompted many communities to take action to protect their youth. One proven method is to provide comprehensive sexuality education along with school based programs that make condoms available to sexually active youth. Numerous national health organizations have adopted policies in support of school condom availability as a component of comprehensive sexuality education.
As a teen myself, I would say about 75% of high school students have had or are engaging in sexual intercourse. We have a bunch of seminars and different classes like Biology that teach us about sex and pregnancy and STD's among other subjects. So I believe if the school can teach us about sex, they should be able to provide us with the means to have safe sex! For me the perfect solution would be to have a "Planned Parenthood" office or counselor at each high school.
It will help with the pregnancy rates in high schools. Also will help with transmitted diseases. Almost all of the students in high school have had sex and do so still. Condoms would help with making an already bad decision from going to far. Baby's should not be having baby's.
I am a teenager in high school I have had sex and I regret it I did not understand what I was doing most are just having sex to be having sex. Sex should be an emotional connection between a man and a woman who love each other. People have turned something beautiful into a disgusting thing.
Schools are funded to educate and facilitate children to produce for society in the future, not encourage and equip teens to be irresponsible and have sex. They should push good decisions and making something out of yourself. Most of all though, taxpayers shouldn't pay their hard earned money for kids to have sex. End of story case closed.
I get that if two young kids are going to have sex, they are going to whether they have a condom or not! The fact of the matter is, having sex under age is illegal in most states. Now with that said, if a teen wants to smoke pot, they will find it to participate in the illegal act. That doesn't mean we should start handing out joints at school, just so they can smoke "safely".
If teens are too embarrassed to get them, then they are too immature for sex. Not only that, but it is not the school's responsibility to give it to the teenagers. It's the teenager's responsibility to go get a condom if they are taking the responsibility to have safe sex. It's a personal choice that does not involve the school.
Schools should not give out free condoms if the taxpayers have not voted this in. There are other places to get free condoms such as the health department or Family planning locations. The way a family chooses to teach their children about safe sex or abstinence is a right the school should not be involved in. Handing out contraceptives is getting involved.
Kids are just going to think that by getting free condoms they're (the school) is encouraging them to have sex .That's not really smart for some of the schools to do. I think they should not give free condoms out at school. It's not right . I certainly wouldn't like my kid coming home with a condom.
I rather my kids come talk to me about what they are feeling instead of a complete stranger talking to them. Plus some schools are bypassing parents rights to say no I don't want my kid involved in this by still giving condoms out anyways! How responsible of them! Y?
It's not right . It's not smart. Kids are going to get the wrong message . Or they're going to get a mixed message. They're going to think that having sex at a young age is a good thing to do. I just think they should buy the condoms at a local store or talk to their parents about it .
I see absolutely no reason why anyone would see this as acceptable, teenagers should not be having sex with anyone. I believe that you should only have sex with someone who loves you and a person obviously does not love you if they cannot even be bothered to buy condoms. It also promotes that behaviour as people presume "schools are giving out condoms so its okay, everyone MUST be doing it" and that puts pressure on kids which is wrong.
The parent who says, "Yes, I want the school to give my kids condoms," is saying to their children, "I know you are going to have sex regardless of what I say." Kids are not stupid, they see the tacit approval given here so the door is open for them. How much sense does that really make? We should be giving them one clear message from all sides that sex outside of marriage is wrong and has many potentially costly consequences. Help them make the right choice and stop making excuses for them. Parents should take the responsibility of teaching their children appropriate behavior, modeling it for them, and the schools should be backing that up, not undermining it.