Sex-ed needs a revamp if it’s to remain relevant

Better sex education makes for healthier relationships

In the recent years, we’ve seen a controversy over improving sex education and implementing it at a younger age.

Sex education might be one of the most useful lessons for young people and their relationships. Research shows people between the ages of 16 and 21 have expressed problems in their sex lives.

Traditionally, sex education doesn’t really go past disturbing STI photos and an emphasis on abstinence. The truth is, teens and young adults are going to have sex and it’s going to take more than new classes each year to rock the boat.

So, instead of leaving young people in the dark, sex education classes should include specialized seminars on how to create and maintain pleasurable, comfortable and, most importantly, healthy relationships.

What sex education is missing is a focus on teaching young people about relationships. Learning how to treat one another, as well as openly communicating, will go a long way.

If we start showing children what a healthy relationship looks and feels like from a younger age, they’ll be more capable of identifying those elements by the time they’re teenagers.

We also need to show people young people how to communicate their wants and needs sexually. Taking the time to talk to one another and learn about each other is something that’s lacking.

Ultimately, our sex education needs a revamp to catch up with the times. We’re past the days of awkward videos and photos.

Instead, we need to fill in the gaps so young people don’t go looking for sex facts and relationship goals in the media or from friends.

We want them to avoid the negative outcomes like early pregnancy and STIs, but also to enjoy the experience of a satisfying, comfortable relationship.