Unless you are living in a dream world, you must admit, first and foremost, that kids today are forced to grow up more quickly than ever. They are thrust into life situations that never would have occurred to us in our early years. They are bombarded by technology that puts them, physically, into realities that their bodies and minds are not totally equipped to handle.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with teenage children having sexual relations, it happens. Burying our heads in the sand and pretending otherwise is merely asking for more, and younger, children having children.
One does not have to condone the acts of others. However, if backs are turned on the problems facing us and our children, those problems will only get worse.
Stand outside the local high school or, unobserved, in the hallways. The things you hear and see will astound you. These “children” are trying too hard to grow up too fast. Many of them turn to physical relationships at this young age because they feel no one else is really listening to them. They have problems they face every day in this new technological world. Many who try to speak to their parents or teachers about issues are shunned, ridiculed or told to just quit being so melodramatic.
Guess what: Teenagers are melodramatic. They have always been so and, most likely, always will. Today, however, the world is pulled more closely together. Most young people do not have space to “get away from it all”. Many have no adult to speak to or emulate. What they have is each other.
Condoms in public schools could only be a good thing. These kids need options. Not only pregnancy, but various diseases are waiting for them in this wide world. The earlier they can understand that they do have options to make decisions and then live with them, the more level-headed they will become.
Kids are people. And they are getting older all the time. If parents cannot or will not take the responsibility to teach them, learn from them, or acknowledge them and the choices they are making, then the schools need to.
Offer them a choice. Teach them the consequences. This is not a statement to condone the sexual act in children. It is a statement to protect them from themselves until they are mature enough to take on that responsibility themselves.
Protecting them means: Yes, do supply them with condoms if they feel they must engage in sexual activities. Supply them at home, at school, at health centers, and anywhere else kids may be reached. Take a stand against under-aged sex, but be realistic.