About 40pc of teens say school sex ed­u­ca­tion is use­less: sur­vey

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World - DE­CEM­BER 28, 2018

ABOUT 40 per­cent of those aged be­tween 17 and 19 think sex ed­u­ca­tion at school is use­less, an on­line sur­vey by a Ja­panese think tank showed Thurs­day.

Al­most one in four re­spon­dents said they have ex­pe­ri­ence with sex and three out of four peo­ple sur­veyed said they are wor­ried about sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases. Nearly 90 per­cent feel that con­tra­cep­tion is nec­es­sary, ac­cord­ing to the Nip­pon Foun­da­tion.

In the sur­vey con­ducted in Oc­to­ber tar­get­ing 800 young peo­ple across Japan, 59.1 per­cent said sex ed­u­ca­tion at school was use­ful while the re­main­der said it was of no help.

A fe­male re­spon­dent said schools should ex­plain more about the im­por­tance of con­tra­cep­tion, while a male said the dan­gers of sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases should be given more em­pha­sis.

The ques­tion­naire in­di­cated stu­dents were dis­sat­is­fied with the lack of specifics taught, with one fe­male stu­dent say­ing many teach­ers were vague in their les­sons.

In a mul­ti­ple-choice ques­tion ask­ing re­spon­dents where they sourced in­for­ma­tion about sex, 55.8 per­cent cited web­sites, fol­lowed by friends at 50.2 per­cent and so­cial net­work­ing sites at 31.4 per­cent.

Of the to­tal re­spon­dents, 66.7 per­cent had ex­pe­ri­ence of mas­tur­ba­tion, with 74.8 per­cent of them us­ing smart­phones to ac­cess ex­plicit con­tent and 8.8 per­cent sim­ply fan­ta­siz­ing.

The Nip­pon Foun­da­tion has been seek­ing out pub­lic opin­ion via sur­veys since Sep­tem­ber on such top­ics as peo­ple be­ing given adult re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, like the abil­ity to sign a con­tract, at age 18, as well as on love and mar­riage.

The age of le­gal adult­hood in Japan will be low­ered from 20 to 18 in April 2022 fol­low­ing a Civil Code re­vi­sion. The coun­try’s min­i­mum vot­ing age was also re­duced to 18 after a re­vised elec­tion law came into ef­fect in June 2016. – Ky­odo

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