Yes, that's right! Teachers teach your children how to put a condom on a fake penis. It's green. Sometimes they are blue. I'll be honest? I have nearly giggled when getting that bad boy out. But what I always think when teaching these teens is. How come no-one closer to home has tackled this topic? How come they ask questions with eager, concerned faces such as "Can you use a shower curtain as contraception whilst having sex in the shower?" "If you have sex with a pregnant lady and the condom comes off during it will the baby be born wearing it as a hat?". Both true questions. Both said with all seriousness. Both having to be answered by me, whilst trying not to looked shocked.
Whilst our teen pregnancies are getting lower in the UK, the Office for National Statistics data show the under-18 conception rate is the lowest since 1969 at 27.9 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15-17, we still aren't in line with other European countries. That doesn't sound that many but that does not include those teenagers having sex and 'getting lucky'. Lest we forget contraception does not only help stop pregnancies but also helps protect our sons and daughters from catching STI's.
Teachers Tools. Minus big plastic penis
As a nation we need to do something about this. I'm not sure if it is because we are English and well known for not being open and not being forward about certain topics. But believe you me, you are foolish to think your lovely innocent child is not thinking about sex (I over hear all sorts of dreadful conversations!). They may not be wanting to have it, but they are watching programmes such as Big Brother (who currently seem OBSESSED with discussing 'finger banging' and 'anal'), Geordie Shore and Teen Mom. This is where they are learning about sex. Their ideas of sex are stemmed from quickies with a Geordie stranger in a Cancun hotel room or drunken fumbles in an Essex nightclub.
Teachers can not tackle this alone. There is only so much I can teach. Your teenagers will have questions, and sometimes these questions are not wanting to be discussed in front of a class of 31 of their peers. As a parent we should strive to want the best for our children. We teach them about Maths, English, help them with their Science homework. And let's be honest we don't really think about the laws of gravity when we leave school, or use Pythagoras theorem. But sex? This is something that will be in their lives forever.
So parents of the world. Man up! If I can say ejaculation whilst holding a giant blue penis in front of 32 15 year old boys and not giggle? You can do it in front of your own son or daughter. Just try not to go too red.
How do you feel about sex education? Would you feel comfortable talking to your teen about it?