Having “the talk” with your kids is never easy, or fun. But one Kansas father is outraged at how his daughter’s middle school had the talk with his 13-year-old.
Mark Ellis’ 13-year-old daughter showed him a picture of a “sex ed” poster in her Hocker Grover Middle School classroom. The poster is about “How People Express their Sexual Feelings?” It then goes on to list things like: oral sex, sexual fantasy, anal sex, touching each other’s genitals.
Ellis thought it was a joke. But when he called the school he learned that this was part of the lesson plan.
The school’s district spokesman, Leigh Anne Neal, says that “The poster that you reference is actually part of our middle school health and science materials, and so it is a part of our district approved curriculum.”
Ellis thinks this is too much for kids and that the curriculum needs to change. And if it doesn’t change he plans on removing his daughter from the sexual education class.
Unfortunately, the times have changed and this is what kids are doing. They are becoming more sexually active at a young age or at least are talking about it.
According to the Journal of Pediatrics:
- 2% of adolescents have had sex by 12th birthday
- 16% of teens have had sex by 15
- 33% of 16-year-olds were sexually active
- 48% had become sexually active by the age of 17
- 61% at 18 years
- 71% at 19 years
Knowledge is power. And in my opinion it’s better to have an open conversation with your kids before they become a statistic or practice these sexual experiences in real life.
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.