Appropriate sex education might therefore have a major role in preventing some sexual problems in adulthood.
Sex education can help to
- prevent the spread of sexual diseases,
- prevent unwanted pregnancies,
- by preventing unwanted pregnancies, prevent unnecessary abortions.
- learning to form responsible views on own sexual behaviour,
- encourage resistance to group pressure to engage in unwanted sexual activities,
- understanding the difference between male and female views on romantic relations,
- understanding that sex is part of the normal life of most adult people (at least in some stage of their life), and not something which need to be associated with feelings of shame and guilt.
While sexual education would ideally be provided by parents, many lack the necessary knowledge themselves and are not at ease with sexuality. Therefore this needs to be provided in schools. Such education would probably be most effective if it was incorporated in a broad educational programme concerning human relationships, including attention to personal responsibility, and moral and religious aspects of sexuality.
This, we think, could help young people to have an better awareness about sexuality and could help promote healthy and informed attitudes. Without sex education, young people will learn about sex from porn movies, which give a distorted view of sex and human relationships.
It is best to start sex education as early as possible, in simple ways, and then learn more each year. In that way, the children will feel that this is just natural common knowledge, things they have "always" known.