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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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 11:34am
OK, so it may increase awareness 100 miles away, but that isn't doing anything for the community where it's happening. And the condoms haven't done anything for the teen pregnancy rate, so it hasn't helped with the underlying problem. I think parents who are clueless (and those would have to be parents of kids who don't have STDs and aren't pregnant), they will likely still be clueless about their own kids. As you say, they will still think their own kids would never do it...until they do. I agree that pretending there isn't a problem doesn't work, but passing out condoms means you don't think you can do anything about the problem. And that I don't agree with. I think there are better solutions.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 11:43am
Passing out condoms is not an effort to prevent 12-yr-olds from having sex.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 11:47am

I don't think the issue is a rich or poor one either, I do think there would more voices againt this in a higher SES community though, Do you disagree?

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 11:49am
I think that if car manufacturers were selling cars to 12-year-olds, it wouldn't be enough for them to say they couldn't prevent the kids from driving, but had done all they could to mitigate the damage by putting air bags on the cars.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 11:51am
Do you condone 12-year-olds having sex?
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 12:14pm


How do you know that?



As Savcal has previously stated, it will prevent some 12yos from getting stds and avoid pregnancy. I'm sure teh Springfield School Committee would love your help in fixing the problem.

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 12:22pm

I know. That's my point.

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 12:23pm
I know it's not because it hasn't helped the teen pregnancy rate. And if the kids are really using the condoms, why isn't the pregnancy rate down? Let's face it, you and I becoming aware of the problem in another community doesn't help that community. I'm not going to go there and help them solve the problem, and neither are you, right? Whether passing out condoms can help the problem depends on how you define the problem. If you see the problem as STDs and teen pregnancy, not 12-yr-olds having sex, condoms can help--IF 12-hr-olds will plan ahead, learn how to use them correctly, and ask the school nurse for them. I see the problem as 12-yr-olds having sex, so I don't see that giving out condoms is going to help.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 12:28pm
No, as I've stated several times. My point is this: If I'm in support of 12yos - who are having sex - using condoms means I'm in support of 12yos having protected sex, then if you are not in support of 12yos - who are having sex - using condoms, then you must be in support of 12yos having unprotected sex. Right?

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 12:32pm
No, by your logic, if me not supporting passing out condoms to 12-yr-olds mean I support them having unprotected sex, then you passing out condoms to 12-year-olds means you condone them having sex.

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