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Study Suggests Sex Education Classes Should Start at Age 10

Study Suggests Sex Education Classes Should Start at Age 10

When is it time to start teaching students about sex?

A study conducted by Georgetown University reccomends that age 10 is the appropriate time to start teaching children sex education. 

The report warns readers that very young adolescents can be in danger at the time they are about to enter puberty which is usually 10-14 years old, according to CBS DC. The authors of the study said with the proper education, children at this age will be able to learn coping mechanisms to handle the physological and physical changes they will experience. This will help avoid unintended pregnancies, maternal deaths, unsafe abortions, and sexually transmitted infections, said the report. 

“If programs…are implemented at a time when adolescents are still malleable and relatively free of sexual and reproductive health problems and gender role biases, very young adolescents can be guided safely through this life stage, supported by their parents, families and communities,” the study’s authors wrote.

Other experts said teaching kids about sexual science and behavior would give them time and the self esteem they need to make sexual decisions later in life. 

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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