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 - 12:59pm
Nope, wasn't me.

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:12pm
This article is about high schools, though (and although I admit I mostly skimmed it, it appears to report how many condoms students received rather than actual reductions in pregnancy and STD rates). I don't disagree with giving out condoms in high schools. I think there is an age at which you really can't prevent kids from having sex. I just don't think 12 is it.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:13pm
OK, then I guess you didn't read Chestnut's link.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:15pm
I think there's a lot the schools can do: after school programs to keep kids busy, mentoring programs, more counselors, sex education, parenting classes, etc. Those are imo far better solutions that giving condoms to 12-year-olds.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:18pm
I don't doubt it, but these are studies about high school kids, not 12-year-olds.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:23pm
They should do both. And there's no evidence they aren't doing the things you mention. However, more counselors, sex ed and parenting classes are a lot more expensive than condoms.

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:24pm
How does one prevent a 12yo from having sex?

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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:35pm
I would think that condoms for 12yos would only be considered when there is a recognized public health epidemic of stds and/or pregnancies. Otherwise, I, too, would be against distributing condoms to middle schoolers.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:41pm
There are lots of things you can do: supervised after school programs, mentoring programs, more counselors to address social issues, sex education, parenting classes, etc.
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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 1:45pm
If they address the underlying problem, they won't need to pass out condoms. They talk about their program of abstinence counseling and condoms; if they were doing anything else I think they would say so, especially considering that this is controversial. But you're right, condoms are the cheap answer, even if they don't do anything to prevent 12-year-olds from having sex.

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