Teen Sex Ed Taught Mostly by Schools, Families, Study Shows

Girls are more likely than boys to be exposed to information about hormonal birth control. Source: Getty
Ask most parents, and they'll agree it's crucial kids receive accurate, trusted information about sexual issues.
But while you ...
Schools and family are the most common and trusted sources when it comes to sex ed.

Parents Worry Where Kids Are Learning About Sex, Study Says

Do you want Kim Kardashian teaching your kids about sex? Credit: Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic The doorbell rings. It's Kim Kardashian. And she's packed into a largely hypothetical outfit from Frederick's of OMG! "Well, heeellooo," she ...Your kids want to learn about sex from you, not Kim Kardashian.

Teacher Gets an F for Her X-Rated Test

Are we being graded on this? Credit: Getty Images
So, whaddaya think? Are all sexual positions comfortable? Do African-American men really have bigger, er, uh, you know ... It's difficult to even finish the question. These are not the sort of ...
"Welcome to religion and ethics class. Let's talk sex organs."

Would You Use A Video Game To Teach Your Kids About Sex?

Would a video game make the sex talk less awkward? Credit: Corbis
Adventures in Sex City, a cartoon-y Canadian video game designed to teach young people about safe sex, was introduced in February of 2010 and caused some controversy. But it wa...

Oprah Sexpert - Buy Your Teen Daughter Her First Vibrator

As a general rule, I think, many of today's moms are far more open about sex than our mothers and grandmothers were. Our kids know the actual names of their body parts (and aren't afraid to share them with the cashier at the grocery store). We don't ...

Would You Give Condoms to Your 14-Year-Old?

School isn't the only place where sex education is a dilemma. Most parents would like their children to remain abstinent throughout their teens, but worry that withholding information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases will lead to...

Kinda Sutra - What's Your Version of "The Talk?"

When it comes to sex ed, we're using the honest-but-age-appropriate method of answering our kids' questions. The idea is that our kids will have had several versions of "the talk" by the time they reach puberty, with the hope that they'll be armed wi...

Hello Barack Obama, Goodbye Abstinence?

After years of not working -- can you say Bristol? -- it looks like abstinence-only education may be on its way out in favor of a more comprehensive curriculum which would include (accurate) information about contraception -- you know, just in case t...

Reborn Dolls - Just Like Having a Real Baby?

Remember in high school sex ed class when you had to take care of an egg? The experience was supposed to give you a little taste of what parenthood was like, as you tried to keep the egg from getting lost or broken. Now that I'm a parent I can say th...

Pre-school sex ed

At four years old, my daughter knows what a penis is and (more or less) that it's something that boys have. After all, she has two brothers and a dad, so it's not like she hasn't seen one before. According to the Brook Advisory Centres and the Family...

Teenage myths about sex and HIV

If you happen to see your teenager drinking bleach, you might have more to worry about once you get off the phone with poison control. It seems that teens in Florida believe that drinking a capfull of bleach will prevent HIV. As if that weren't enoug...

Waiting for sex -- not good either

I don't think anyone will read this and decide we need to add sex to the high school curriculum (well, except maybe high school students), but it is an interesting finding. A new study shows that those who wait before becoming sexually active are mor...

Scientists tell congress to just say no to abstinence-only education

Ten top researchers in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health recently sent a letter to members of congress calling for an end to government funding and support for abstinence-only education. The scientists note that "by design, absti...

Talking with kids about sex

The closest my parents ever got to explaining sex to me was after they found out that I had been getting beaten up after school in fourth grade by the eighth-grade boyfriend of a girl who claimed I had called her (or her mom? I forget) a "ho". I didn...

Abstinence education still doesn't work

A team of researchers from Oxford University has determined (again) that abstinence-only education doesn't work. At least, it doesn't work if the goal is to prevent kids from having sex or to prevent kids from getting pregnant or pretty much anything...


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