The planet is a far more open area now than at any time in the past. Gone are the days when sex and issues across sex were taboo subject. With with our movies, our TV shows and mass media becoming more and more loaded with explicit sexual content, it is but natural that our children are getting increasingly more open towards physical and sex connections. In such a scenario, are our children getting the right information from the right sources?
Delhi-based Life Coach and Counsellor Dr. S.P. Sharma believes that sexual education can go a long way in ensuring kids postpone sexual intimacy until they are ready. “Many kids are confused about sexuality, sexual health and the risks and risks associated with it,” he says, “It’s therefore better for them to learn the truth from responsible adults before they fall prey to inadequate or worse, erroneous details. He believes that kids around the age of two are already finding out so much about that’s real and unreal, true and untrue about love, relationships and sex from numerous sources such as the films, television, along with the media it’s important for teachers and parents to sit them down and ensure that they have the right knowledge.
It is very important to explain the meaning and consequences of sex and physical connections to teenagers/children since this is the time when they are exposed to everything from STDs to HIV/AIDS. With increasing peer pressure, exposure to so many TV shows and movies of western lifestyle and the contrasting conservative outlook of many Indian families, the stresses Indian teenagers are under is immense. Mrs. S. Aruna, mother of two teens, states, “Teenagers are very curious about sex. They would like to find out more and when their teachers and parents do not talk to them about it, they have the internet and will discover ways to find out from other ways.”
She’d rather they learnt the reality of existence from someone responsible. She believes that the state of gender education in India is abysmal and if colleges took a few positive, affirmative measures to impart sex education, parents would have the ability to sleep a bit easier at night.