Critical thinking.

There have been many controversial ideas about giving our youth contraceptives and educating them in the
various risks that come combined with being sexually active. Should we give our children contraceptives? Is
that telling them that having sex is okay as long as you use protection or are on birth control? Although these
questions can make parents feel uncomfortable, high schools should definitely be able to dispense
contraceptives to students. Birth control is already made accessible to minors, without parental consent in 47
states (Reli 2019), giving schools easier access to be able to distribute them to students. It has been stated in
previous research, that adolescents who are able to obtain birth control with ease and have supportive parents
are more likely to be safer and sexually aware than teens who have parents who are more restrained (Reli
Adolescents make the decision to have sex when they believe that they are mature enough. Although teens
might seem confident in themselves, it is found that having sex might impact them in ways they were not ready
for. Teens aged 14-17, have limited cognitive and emotial abilities giving them and egocentric lifestyle, meaning
they are only worried about their needs and not focused on future consequences (Reli 2019). Sex education
begins with parents, depending on the relationship between parents and their children, most teens would risk
pregnancy and diseases than to tarnish the views of their parents of them. As well as having a disapproving
adult look down on them when trying to obtain contraceptives or protection (Barnfather 1999). Sex education
should not be a taboo subject among high schoolers, knowing the risks can greatly decrease teen pregnancy
and STI/STD infections.
In my opinion, parents need to feel comfortable enough to educate their children about sex and the risks of
pregnancy and diseases. Their first priority should be to teach them about abstinence, which will guarantee an
avoidance from all risks. Children who have parents who are open with them will often have better
communication about personal things that other children would feel uncomfortable to disclose to anyone.

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