Although condoms helps in birth control and prevent in the transmission of diseases among teenagers, I think by distributing them in high school or any institution for that matter encourages them to perform sex.
I think in a way, you are right. But giving these away without any health talks or any other means of educating them to take precautions when using condoms would have not create any outcome, or if there are, it would not be much. Do schools actually give them for free in school? I'm not sure.
I wish they did. And I'm not sure why but they stopped having "the talk" with us when I was in 7th grade. So of the parents don't talk about it most kids are very uneducated on the subject except what they see in the media. So even if the schools do not have the talk with kids. Giving condoms to kids is a better positive than doing nothing and kids are going to do what they want anyways. Condom or not. And that is the point
But isn't giving free condoms to children give them the wrong message? It's like declaring that it's okay to have sex as long as they have protection and we're talking about teenagers here. Not fully matured adults who could think this through properly. I think it is unacceptable. You say, kids will do it anyway whether we give them talks or not, but that doesn't mean we let them be just like that. Instead of handing out condoms, why can't schools hold talks for parents to encourage their children to talk to them about sex? Giving free condoms will only makes matters worse.
Well your first assumption is that it is not ok to have sex. I'd dispute that. Second, you assume that these parental talks will lead to abstinence. That method has been tried and almost empirically does not work.
@Petersmith...Why does that even matter? If a teenager wants to have sex with a consenting teenager, that's their business. Granted the parents may want the teen to refrain from having sex, which is something I would teach my teen but I would rather my teen obtain proper education and have something to use if and when the teen decides to engage in sexual relations.
There is no magical age where someone becomes an adult. There should be no required age for sexual activity. Claiming that birth control should not be handed out has no rational base, only an opinion based one. Would you rather girls walk around pregnant with a child the state will help pay for, or sucking up your principles and allowing birth control?
There is no magical age where one becomes an adult. If children are taught to shy away from sex, you'll just be creating a sexually awkward adult. Would you rather teens walk around pregnant with a child the state will help pay for, or schools handing out birth control and offering education?
@Petersmith...That's what usually happens but even if not, a condom is given to a teenager who hasn't taken that course yet, is obviously going to ask questions which I'm sure either the staff will help answer or encourage the student to take the course.
Every human beings knows about sex. Gods, American kids know more today than I did until I was 20.
It's ingrained in our culture.
Kids know it feels good to touch that area, so why do you think they won't do it, just because they don't have an academic lesson on the matter?
This is instinctual stuff.
@Petersmith...Which is less likely to happen, if anything it's not given out unless the teen has taken the course, but even if the teen hasn't received the course yet, I think they should still receive it as a precautionary measure. It's up to the parents responsibility to educate, properly, with regard to sex so that the teen understand the pros and cons of it. Not just the cons.