More than half of parents do not think sex education should be taught to children at school, according to a new survey. The survey, which questioned more than 1,700 parents of children aged five to 11, found that 59 per cent do not agree with the fact that sex education is often taught to children in schools, even from a young age. Almost half (48 per cent) of those questioned said children should be at least 13 years old before it is appropriate to teach them about sex, the survey found.
Of those that don't agree that sex education should be taught in schools, 41 per cent said it was inappropriate to teach youngsters about the subject, while one in four (28 per cent) said it should be the parents' choice to teach their own child. A similar proportion (27 per cent) said there was no need for children to know about sex.
Contraception was the most popular topic that parents said should be covered in sex education lessons (chosen by 65 per cent)， followed by puberty(49 per cent)， homosexuality (48 per cent) and sexually transmitted infections (47 per cent).
American parents say they should be the ones to teach their children about sex but many believe that role is being filled by kids' friends and the media, a new study finds. Researchers interviewed 1,605 parents of school-aged children in Minnesota and found that 98 percent said they should be responsible for their children's sex education, but only 24 percent believed they were the main source of that knowledge.
Instead, many parents thought the majority of youngsters learn about sex from friends (78 percent) or the media (60 percent). "Based on previous research, however, youth indicate that parents are a primary source of sex information for them and that parents most influence their decisions about sex," study co-author Debra Bernat, of Florida State University, said in a Center for Advancing Health news release.