News | Topic: Schools

Beyond Sex Ed: How To Talk To Teens About Love

Love — or infatuation, at least — is part of school, whether we want it to be or not. It’s often school that gives us our first crush, our first dance-induced cold sweat, and that first bitter taste of heartbreak. So should we talk about it in schools?

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And Everyone Saw It

When Maureen’s parents were in middle school, if a girl wanted to show a boy her body in the middle of the night, she would have to sneak out of her house, find a way to get to his, evade his parents and yank up her shirt. For their daughter, all it took was a few clicks.

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Condoms Don’t Necessarily Help Teen Girls Avoid Pregnancy

According to a new study, distribution in schools can actually increase fertility rates. Can alternative policies be more effective?

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Condoms May Increase Teen Pregnancy

A recent study shows that access to condoms in schools increases teenage fertility by ten percent. Read the full article here.

Websites Connect College Students With ‘Sugar Daddies’ Willing To Pay The Bills

Some students say it allows them to get education without the crushing debt, critics say the arrangements smack of prostitution and could be unsafe, others argue that it takes advantage of women in vulnerable situations.

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Transgender Confusion Goes Beyond Elementary School Bathrooms

Researcher Mark Yarhouse on why mixing politics and gender identity has only left us more confused.

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Teen Girl Filmed Having Sex With Up to 2 Dozen Boys in Florida School Bathroom, Prompting Investigation

A group of teenagers who had sex in a high school bathroom in Fort Myers, Florida, then posted a video of the act on social media, have been disciplined, school officials said.

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Obama Administration To Issue Guidance On Transgender Access To School Bathrooms

The Obama administration will issue guidance on Friday directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

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Teens Could Face Ten Years in Prison Under Proposed Dating-Violence Bill

Teen advocates in South Carolina say teens are not well protected from dating violence under the current law, and a new bill would require schools to address dating violence in sex ed class and would make dating violence a felony.

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The Netherlands Makes A Case for Sex Ed Starting in Kindergarten

In the Netherlands, sex education (referred to as “sexuality education”) starts as young as four years old in an effort to give young people the best possible information about sex and healthy relationships. And it’s paying off: the Netherlands has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the world, five times lower than the U.S. (which does not require mandatory comprehensive sex education in all states).

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Michigan Schools To Let Students Choose Gender, Name and Bathroom

Michigan’s State Board of Education has drafted a guidance that would push the state’s schools to allow all students, regardless of parental or doctoral input, to choose their gender, name, pronouns, and bathrooms.

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Sexual Violence Isn’t Just A College Problem. It Happens In K-12 Schools, Too.

Sexual assault has become a dominant topic on the nation’s college campuses in recent years, but it has largely remained a hidden issue in elementary, middle and high schools, where parents assume their children are supervised and safe.

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Parents Unaware of Popular Teen Secret-Posting App

The After School App allows teens to post secrets about their classmates, but like similar apps has dissolved into a platform for bullying.

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Book Sex: Required Reading Too Hot For Teens?

What is the proper role of literature containing graphic subject matter in the high school classroom?

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Abstinence-Only Education Overlooks Stark Realities

Curriculums promoting only abstinence, without comprehensive lessons around safe sex practices, often ignore the reality that many teens experiment with sex before they graduate high school. Read the full article here.

The Glaring Omission From Sex Education

Most teens would like to marry someday but receive little education as to how to plan or look forward to that. Read the full article here.

Teens Protest Over Transgender Student’s Use of Girls’ Bathroom, Locker Room

Students at a high school in St. Louis protested after a transgender student was told they could use the women’s restroom and locker room. Read the article here.

Opinion: What Teens Have to Know About Sex

President and executive director of Advocates for Youth examines what teens need to learn about sex and the gaps that exist without a holistic education. Read the article here.

Pre-Teens are Getting Birth Control Implants Without Parental Consent Thanks to These Schools

Reports state that schools in Washington state are now offering girls as young as 11 access to contraception, including intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), without parental consent.

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