Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
Maybe it's me being a naïve mom, but, it would be way over my daughter's head (grade 7), to the point of mortifying her, which would prevent her absorbing to the rest of the information she does need. That's the problem with deciding to give graphic content to a broad audience of someone else's children. Given the availability of content online right now, I've even gone so far with my kids as to say, 'and if there's something you need to know that I haven't covered, use Google'. But that puts it in their hands, not being forcefed to them.
I'm sure it would be embarrassing but I keep flashing back to where I was in the 8th grade. Now, for sure none of the kids then had the all the right
information but they did have a hell of a lot more information than the pittance we got in Sex Ed. To be honest, I don't really think that slapping up a poster like that is the right thing to do for kids, even for teens. At those ages, they all develop so differently, physically, emotionally, psychologically, sexually. What I do like about it though is the frankness of it. That's the piece that was missing in our Sex Ed classes, treat it like it is, encourage mature conversation about it, even though it may be an uphill battle.
Another really big concern, is that it is a perversion for some people, to want to expose children to graphic content. Showing children pornography is often a stepping stone for pedophilic behaviour, it is 'grooming' behaviour.
Yeah, I don't honestly see that here though really. I could be wrong, but it's just not how I read the situation. I just think we need to be more open, not necessarily graphic, but honest, forthright, frank about sexual and reproductive health with our kids.
From my perspective, I'd react the same to it whether it was about male or female oral sex, if it was designed for adults.
That right there is it for me, in a nutshell. It was
designed for adults. Not the information, frankly the sooner kids have information drummed into them about STDs the better, but the packaging was completely inappropriate.
What I think is a shame though is that this is going to be about the firing or suspension of a gay man (in other words a 'gay issue', which it really isn't in my books) as opposed to being the bridge to opening the discussion about how we should impart this very important information to our kids.