Students Turn to Porn for Sex Education

A recent research study by the National Union of Students has discovered that it’s common for UK students to gain information about sex from watching porn.  Why?  Because the majority of students don’t believe their school’s sex education programs provide any real world value.

The National Union of Students generated a study based on an over 2,500 students in primary and secondary schools, and universities throughout the United Kingdom.

The results were pretty astonishing.  The study revealed that sixty percent of the students admitted to gaining their knowledge about sex through watching pornographic material.  Even though a large majority of that demographic (nearly seventy-five percent) attested to porn being an unrealistic source of sexual expectation.

The reasoning behind these statistics can be attributed to a general dislike for the quality of sex education students are receiving in school.  Topics students are most concerned about are not included in the sexual education curriculum.  Therefore a large percentage of the students referred to their sex education as unusable and not helpful.

Students Turn to Porn for Sex EducationThe UK’s curriculum for sex education is centered on the human anatomy, biological factors such as reproduction, issues related to puberty, sexual disease, sexual health and the proper use of contraception.  Topics surrounding safety within sexual behavior relationships and sexual consent are not readily addressed,  thereby leaving students to rely on information from the internet, their peers, and their own sexual companions for answers.

Many of the students expressed their frustration at the lack of information surrounding relationships, consent, or LGBT concerns.  The topics addressed in class were not seen as valuable, providing a general consensus among UK students that the programs are outdated and inadequate at answering the most important questions.

The National Union of Students, along with the Sex Education Forum, are making efforts to have statutory sex and relationship education in UK schools. While encouraging a curriculum that “directly addresses the needs of young people, instead of having them hunt for pieces of the puzzle themselves.”  The majority of students (ninety percent) are in agreement that this is a long overdue effort.

The Vice President of the National Union of Students, Colum McGuire, believes that the current “sex and relationship education is failing millions”.   As a result “people are being left with gaps [in] education”, and therefore “putting young people at risk”.

McGuire strongly advocates the urgency for political representatives to push for a better quality of sex education for students, noting that “biology just won’t cut it.”

Students need to know the importance of adequate consent for sexual practice in relationships, as well as relationship respect, and LGBT concerns.   This is intended to diminish the use of porn as a credible source of information, and one that could be potentially damaging to a student’s perspectives regarding sex, relationships, and respect for consensual sex.

[The Guardian]

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