Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 07:26
A nationwide poll of 600 young people aged 15-21 poll has found that they hold conservative values on sex issues - which are significantly similar to the views of parents.
When asked "Do you think sex education in schools should teach values, abstinence and consequences such as pregnancy, or just teach safe sex?" only 19% supported just the 'safe sex' message currently being taught in schools, with one in three (34%) wanting 'values, abstinence, and consequences such as pregnancy' taught instead, and a further 42% asking for a combination of both - especially amongst older teens. The support for just the 'safe sex' message dropped even lower for the older teens.
"This is a direct rebuke from young people to the 'use a condom' and 'everyone's doing it' messages being pushed by groups like Family Planning, AIDS Foundation and Rainbow Youth," says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
"Many parents were rightly horrified last year when details of what was being taught in schools under the guise of 'sex education' surfaced. Judging by the results of the current approach - which is a good place to start - sex education has been an utter failure. New Zealand has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the OECD, our STD rates are out of control and the number of teenage girls having abortions continues to rise."
"For those youth who are sexually active, they are not being told the truth. Groups like the Family Planning Association and the AIDS Foundation are perpetuating the myth that as long as you use a condom, you can pretty well do what you like in terms of promiscuity, experimentation, and fringe behaviours - with little or no information on the physical or emotional ramifications or prevention of disease."
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