Condoms for 12 year olds?

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Condoms for 12 year olds?
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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 2:35pm

A school district in MA is considering offering condoms to students as young as 12, they are seeing sexual activity, STDs and pregnancy affecting kids even at this age.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 03-28-2012 - 8:10am
Some 11 and 12 YO kids are still in 5th grade here, they get the deodorant talk, Why boys perspire different than girls, That moves onto sex ed but in total matter of fact terms - menstruation, egg, sperm, etc. There would be a big leap b/w that education and condoms if school passed them out at that age..

 


 


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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 7:34am

Actually school drop-outs do contribute to this conversation because school drop outs mean that socio problem continues.. Keeping kids in schools, Keeping kids involved and working WITH families is critical IMO. I'm not sure how what you witness contributes to this conversation, It doesn't mean a thing to what social programs are designed to do at school.

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 03-28-2012 - 7:23am

How do you know what families think?

 


 


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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:08am
I don't think that counseling them not to have sex while passing out condoms does much to address the underlying causes of why a 12-year-old would be having sex. If your main concern is preventing STDs and pregnancy, then passing out condoms is a good solution, assuming you believe kids that age will plan ahead to get contraception from the school nurse and that their parents will allow them to receive it. But if you're more concerned about the bigger issues about why kids that age are having sex, condoms aren't even a bandaid for that. I think 12 is pretty young for schools to just give up and pass out condoms.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 03-28-2012 - 12:57am
OK. I can't agree that it's appropriate to pass out condoms to kids no matter how young their age.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 12:53am
No decline in teen pregnancies in Holyoke though. If they're using condoms, why are they still getting pregnant? The article also lumps together high school and middle school, so you can't even say just based on this article that 12-year-olds are getting fewer STDs. I don't see how passing out condoms increases awareness or gets the parents to step up, If there were all these STDs and teen pregnancies, people had to be aware of the problem. I still think there's a bigger issue here that obviously isn't being addressed by passing out condoms.
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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 6:26pm
If the evidence exists that there IS heavy sexual activity, then there is no in appropriate age for a condom.

If a school/church/parent/community center/guy on the corner was handing them out in a community in which there was very little to no (documented) sexual activity, it would be inappropriate.

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 6:25pm
I highly highly doubt the school thinks it has solved the problem. They know it's just a bandaid.

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Registered: 05-13-2009
Tue, 03-27-2012 - 5:48pm
What part about required counseling by the school nurse on abstinence does not satisfy your concerns?

The behavior is unfortunately quite common in some communities, an estimated 27% of these children in Springfield are sexually active.
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Registered: 05-13-2009
Tue, 03-27-2012 - 5:41pm
I disagree that the school district has given up. The are using the most effective weapon they have -Increasing awareness of the problem and perhaps force the parents into stepping up. It also has a history of limited success.

Springfiled is following the example of neighboring community Holyoke.

7 Years After Starting Condom Program, Holyoke High Sees STD Cases Decline

http://www.wggb.com/2012/03/16/7-years-after-starting-condom-program-holyoke-high-sees-std-cases-decline/

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