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: 11-22-2000
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 3:16pm

My initial instinct is, "OMG! They are too young!"


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Registered: 11-13-2008
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 3:34pm

That was mine as well, I just find it sad that they are engaging in activities that they aren't mature enough to handle.

100 per month? That just seems like an insane amount to me! Nice to know why tuition is high these days ;)

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 4:25pm

Personally, I feel this should be left up to the parents.

Chelsea

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 4:27pm
I just noticed your last question. I'm not convinced that having it available helps. Why aren't we addressing what's causing these kids to be out there having sex?

Chelsea

"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open."

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 4:46pm

They're not just using them for sex.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 4:47pm

I think the school nurse talk is part of the addressing of the need to have sex.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Mon, 03-19-2012 - 4:47pm

How involved are the parents?

 


 


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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 8:36pm
Why don't they just burn couches like normal people? ;P
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Tue, 03-20-2012 - 10:16am
My first thoughts are that it is awful that 12yos are having sex. Yikes!

Second thoughts are that if it was *my* 12yo having sex, then I'd want him/her to have access to condoms. While I would prefer that access be through me, that isn't realistic for all situations. I think some young kids would feel more comfortable getting condoms from the school than from mom/dad - especially if mom/dad would punish for it.

I think that if schools do provide condoms, they should do so without judgment, with full confidentiality, and provide education along with it.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Tue, 03-20-2012 - 10:16am
If it's the parent's job to "provide" condoms or other birth control, isn't it also the parent's job to focus on prevention? Why is it the school's job to prevent, but not to address it if it's already happening?

Either the schools are involved or they aren't. Can't have it both ways.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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