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A recent survey that found some Florida teens believe drinking a cap of bleach will prevent HIV and a shot of Mountain Dew will stop pregnancy has prompted lawmakers to push for an overhaul of sex education in the state.

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Lauren Stone (586)
Sunday April 6, 2008, 5:03 am
OMG! HELLO!!! Any intelligent life out there??? Children look to adults for guidance. If parents do not teach their children at home, then what?They "learn" from the schools?
ABSTINENCE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION! Sex is a part of a normal, healthy adult life. Why are people so afraid of that fact? So afraid that we are killing our children by not giving them simple, necessary FACTS. CONDOMS and education SAVE LIVES. MISinformation and poking our collective head in the sand destroys lives.

Naheem K (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 9:59 am
There's a difference between abstinence and drinking bleach. Duh!

Ruud Hulspas (35)
Monday April 7, 2008, 10:15 am
Looks like there's an abstinence of general eduction too ...

Past Member (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 11:22 am
this is unbelieveable ..bleach is toxic...unprotected sex dangerous and a brain a terrible thing to waste

MsR S (189)
Monday April 7, 2008, 12:50 pm
I liked this comment:
“Only two thing are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” ~Albert Einstein

No Way (0)
Monday April 7, 2008, 10:39 pm
Lauren Stone is right to ask: "Sex is a part of a normal, healthy adult life. Why are people so afraid of that fact?" I'd like to know too. What is the fear? Why can't people (parents) teach values and self respect to the people (children) they are responsible for bringing into the world?

It's pretty simple. Children MUST know what is expected of them, and be held to it. It's NOT open for negotiation! Parents MUST PARENT, by setting boundaries, and teaching by example. Children need to know they are obligated to become good human beings for the planet; good citizens to their nation; and proud family members who contribute to their community. Oh, and about that sex talk . . . "Here's how it works; this is what to do to protect yourself first; No means NO - don't EVER do anything you don't want to; hold you head up - don't do anything to shame yourself or your family; and no matter what, I love you. Call me if things ever get out of hand, and I'll be right there to help. Oh, and one more thing. Sex can be great and wonderful, but don't you play with fire, there's plenty of time to learn about yourself and your life plans, and accidents happen. Leave the real game of sex to the adults, though too many of them get it wrong too!"

Nora I (5)
Tuesday April 8, 2008, 9:31 am
I followed links all over the place but didn't find the info I was looking for. Does anyone know who did this alleged survey and where I might find their actual results? Being from Florida originally I hate to believe that teens there believe this stuff. Then again, being from Florida....

Lauren Stone (586)
Wednesday April 9, 2008, 10:12 am
EDUCATION is they KEY. I have a 17 year old who is 'straight edge', a virgin, no drugs, no cigarettes, no alcolhol, etc...BY CHOICE. Choices made due to being EDUCATED about the FACTS and the consequences of one's actions and the results of making poor choices. NOT education received in school, but at home.
No one said, "You CANNOT do this or that" or "it is inherenty wrong to do this or that". It is not due to religion or morals or fear, but rather straight forward, simple, factual education on the physical, emotional, life long responsibility and consequences of one's actions.
Children are not stupid, but they need GUIDANCE. If the schools do not teach FACTS and the parents do not parent, where will they learn? From their uneducated friends!
Who remembers hearing things like, "you can't get pregnant the 'first' time"? Or "you can't get pregnant if you 'do it' in water"?...Children WANT to know things. If no one is giving them answers they will make up their own and spread the misinformation around.
Sex may be an uncomfortable subject for many adults, but we owe it to our children to educate them and give them the tools to make good choices.
Think about it, what would be MOST uncomfortable, teaching your child what they need to know OR learning that your teen is pregnant or got someone pregnant or has an STD? I'll take the teaching.

No Way (0)
Wednesday April 9, 2008, 3:58 pm
Good job Lauren! Teaching children is the LEAST of what ANY parent should feel obligated AND happy to do. Letting them know about sex and all that comes with it is the way to go, instead of avoiding the subject because of embarrassment or whatever. Some think telling young people how sex works is giving them permission to 'do it' but it's not that at all. The power of knowledge, of having the information to make wiser choices when it's time is worth sooo much. Children - people, need to knwo what will happen IF they make bad choices, or go forward into making adult decisions too early or before they are capable of handling the circumstances. If more children knew what was expected of them, things might be different in our society.

I've heard good things about Straight Edge. You must be proud to know your child made this choice and is proud to say it too. Gives them time to prioritize this life expectations, without anything getting in the way to mess it up forever.

Elle J (276)
Tuesday April 29, 2008, 5:54 am
Children need to be educated on things like this. Preferably in the home. However, that doesn't seem to be happening so it is up to the schools to tell them the repercussions of sexual acts. Sex education should be part of the carriculum. If you think every child will practice abstence, you are whistling through trees. That is the goal and bless them who practice that but we always have to look after and educate the ones that don't!
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