Research reveals sex education inadequate for smartphone generation

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26th July 2016 15:59 - Education

Research reveals sex education inadequate for smartphone generation: According to a research report by the HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, 75 per cent of young people are not educated about sexual consent at school, and a further one in seven said that they received no sex and relationship education at all. A further 95 per cent of the respondents said that they were not taught about LGBT relationships.Research reveals sex education inadequate for smartphone generation

Of the young people in the survey, just 5 per cent said that the sex and relationship education they had received covered LGBT sex and relationships, in comparison with the 97 per cent who believed that sex education should be LGBT inclusive.

The report cautioned that sex and relationships education is not adequate for the smartphone generation and could leave them vulnerable to bullying, abuse and poor sexual and mental health.

Of the 900 respondents aged between 16 and 24, half said that the sex and relationship education they had received was either “poor” or “terrible”. Just 10 per cent of the respondents said that the sex and relationship education they’d received was “excellent”, and a further 2 per cent said it was “good”.

Of the respondents who had received sex and relationship education, around 97 per cent said that they were not taught about gender identity and a further 89 per cent were not educated about sex and pleasure.

The charity discovered that inadequate and infrequent sex and relationship education in schools was creating a safeguarding crisis for youngsters.

The survey findings were found to support those of Ofsted (2013), which revealed that sex and relationships education was inadequate and in need of improvement in 40 per cent of schools.

The Terrence Higgins Trust survey discovered that where sex and relationships education is taught, it tends to be limited to the biology of sex and relationships, for example, the anatomy, reproduction and heterosexual intercourse.

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