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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Mon, 04-16-2012 - 11:57am

My son is 12 and my daughter 13. I don't think that either of them is old enough to have a sexual relationship, but I also don't think that either of them is mature enough to come to me for protection if they did. I can't even imagine kids this age pre-planning sex. Maybe normalizing condoms for sex isn't such a terrible thing. Maybe they ought to be handing them out like candy. Let the kids blow them up like balloons, just on the off chance that a few will end up in the purses, backpacks, and wallets of the kids who might just find themselves in the situation to put them to use.

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 5:07pm

Both of my boys were routinely supervised at the age of 12, but it wasn't always.

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 4:54pm

Why would it make more sense to deal with the consquences of the risky behaviors than to make the behavior less risky?

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 4:50pm

Home, friends house, park...off the top of my head, I think though if two tweens were determined, they would find a place and I think the last place would be at school.

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 4:47pm

Grocery stores, Target, WalMart and so on and so forth...

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 4:46pm
jamblessedthree wrote:
Are you ok with kids engaging in sex on school premises too? Because IMO, That is exactly the message conveyed if schools dispense condoms... And we, as a society already deal with a lot of social issues so I don't know what point you're trying to make there, I object to schools passing out condoms to 12 YOs.

I don't see how that would be the message conveyed.

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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 8:52pm
Not true. You asked me what schools could do to prevent 12-year-olds from having sex, and here's what I said, several times: "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". You alternated between telling me these things were too expensive and saying I couldn't know for sure this school wasn't already doing those things.
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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 5:32pm
You haven't talked about school supervising kids, you've talked about them prevening teen sex. Not the same thing at all.

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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 4:02pm
Why would I need to demonstrate that, when I was clearly speaking about "a child," not her child? My point was that, as I suggested in previous posts, there are things school districts can do to supervise kids, too. I don't get the need to make fun of that idea.
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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 12:32pm
SavCal2011 wrote:
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Pray tell, what community has done that?

Clearly, the very presence of a condom is an admission of having given up.

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