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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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 5:14pm
I don't agree that the schools can't do anything about the real problem. And I also don't agree that having the nurse available to give out condoms is going to be very effective in preventing pregnancy and STDs. Is there any age at which you think it's inappropriate to give out condoms? What about 11-year-olds? Both my dds had friends who had already developed and gotten their periods at 11, in 5th grade.
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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 5:23pm
Not if the kids don't use them. But again, then the school, the parents, and the community have just given up, and the kids are likely to live up to those low expectations.
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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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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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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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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.

"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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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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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 - 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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Wed, 03-28-2012 - 7:23am

How do you know what families think?

 


 


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