Sex Education: Its Importance and Need in the Society

Sex Education, as the term clearly indicates, refers to education which is based on human sexual behavior. Parents, schools or caretakers offer it in some parts of the world to educate the children, who are stepping into their adolescence. If formally received, sex education is either taught as a full course at high school or junior high school level or in biology, health, home economics classes. Teaching sex education is rather a controversial issue; debates have been going on for several decades discussing if it should be taught formally in schools or not. Sex education in schools should exist without any doubts and apprehensions as it offers many benefits.

Adolescence is called the “age of storm and stress”. The young teenagers, during this phase of life are under deep psychological pressure. Mainly, this psychological pressure is the result of one’s growing sexual needs and the biological changes and hormonal effects on the individuals. During this time, most of the children are observed to become easily irritable. They find it difficult in most situations to deal with the family members. They might not want to talk to them about the natural changes taking place in their body and mind. In such circumstances, one highly suitable option is that of the teachers who are able to teach them to control their urges until a proper age. In schools, trained teachers would help the students to know how to deal with their sexual impulses. This role can not be replaced by parents or other entities. A classroom discussion and lesson would make them feel it is natural, and they would also feel that they are being understood by someone. However, taking them individually to psychologists or other trained educators would not help. In such a situation they might consider themselves to be different and misunderstood by family and people around them. Therefore, it becomes crystal clear that the best way to offer sex education is always in school.

It is a psychological phenomenon that children at young age are under an immense peer pressure. Something that they learn in the class with their peer group is what makes a better impression on their minds than otherwise. They are more focused in the lessons that teachers offer and are more eager asking question to clear their ambiguities. They might feel embarrassed and uneasy questioning their parents about it, but it always differs in case of the teacher in the class. This is because everyone in the class is going through the same stage. A class discussion becomes healthy source of learning as it helps in enhancing the knowledge on the subject.

Many people advocate that sex education should only be restricted to families, that is, that parents should personally educate their children. This view is totally illogical and holds complications and questions. The first point is that not all the parents would be willing to do it or would be able to do it. Secondly, this education needs a proper channel through which it should reach its required learners. There could be many possible problems in the families so they might not be able to take the role of a teacher in educating their children regarding sex. The demand of annulment of sex education from the schools is highly conservative.

Most importantly, there are many single parents, how would they take up this challenge of educating their children on their own? Parents can not properly educate their children about sex also because they lack details that qualified sex educators convey in schools. Thus, the stance of abolishing sex education in school is not a favorable thought. In many observed cases where parents or children are embarrassed about talking over sexual matters with each other, it is most likely to be uneasy situation at both the ends. This keeps the children from learning the answers to the questions they might have in their minds. This can be a great flaw of shifting the duty of sexual education from teachers to the parents. It will leave the children only half or less educated about the issue and as they say “Little knowledge is a dangerous thing”, this might end up in grave situations.

According to research, most of the parents also feel uneasy because they know that they are not equipped to provide the apt sexual information to their children. They also fail to comprehend what details and information should be concealed and what should be revealed, keeping in mind their children’s age. On the other hand, there might also be parents who would feel comfortable talking to their children about sexual matters, but only when the children bring the matter up.

Most parents, around the world, may also lack role models to look up to as they would not have talked over sexual issues with their own parents in their adolescent. This makes them inefficient to trigger their roles of educating their children in an effective way as the assigned teachers are able to do in schools.

Sex education is not limited to only a single branch of knowledge. This education focuses on a number of significant sexual matters that are offered with especially designed courses and programs. Sex education covers the education of relationships, sexual abstinence at a certain level and teaching to practice safe sex to the level of children who are thought to be sexually active. Therefore, its claim for being appropriate and guiding holds strong base.

At a certain age of adolescence, growing children have problems facing relationships and controlling their personal emotions. Conflicts related to such matters persuade many youngsters to commit suicides or take part in other immoral activities. Proper sex education in schools also concentrates in making the youngsters emotionally stronger and in educating ways to cope with relationship problems. This argument strongly shows the immense benefit of sex education in schools.

Sex education is an important health strategy and this cannot be denied. AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases can only be controlled if people are aware of precautions and have a vast knowledge in this case. This knowledge is conveyed through sex education, and if sex education is banned in schools and if parents have to educate their children, then it would not be as beneficial to the individuals and the society on the whole as teaching in school could be.

Sex education does not exist in all parts of the world. Asians are commonly regarded conservative when compared to westerners. It is not a part of their course in schools; this does not in any way mean that their teenage pregnancy rate is any lower if they are not exposed to sexual matters openly. In fact, this is one way how peers can mislead most of the youngsters and persuade them to bask in young age sexual relationships without any attempts for safety. This has resulted in serious problems such as the spread of fatal diseases like AIDS and has also increased rate of illegitimate births.

Researches have shown that the cause for ramification of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) in the eras of 80s and 90s in the US and the UK is the lack of knowledge and information provided about sex in schools or home. Home and family has never and will never play an integral part in conveying sex education to teenagers, therefore to rely on the option of home, is to deceive your own self from the expected exigency in the future.

Some conservative groups assert that to discuss sexual issues openly is to devalue religion. No religion in the world abstain its followers from spreading the information that is so essential for human lives. Sexual behavior is natural and takes place through biological changes and this cannot be questioned as this is a part of human life. Thus people who take refuge under the religious shelter, to make their arguments strong, are misinterpreting religious ideas and laws.

Modern time is the time of internet and powerful media. Teenagers are exposed to Hollywood, TV and internet. These sources offer demonstration of sex which is highly thoughtless and casual; in this situation it is almost illogical to leave the teenagers on their sexual choices. They are young and fully excited; therefore they can not make a favorable choice. Sex education in school offers the information and knowledge they need to understand to know the responsibility that is accompanied by sexual relationships. The teacher in school helps the students to know the difference between a thoughtless and thoughtful sex. Having an urge for sex is not a problem; it is a natural process showing that the young people are developing to become adults; however the problem is having unsafe sex and hurting people through sexual choices.

People who claim that sex education in schools have more cons than pros, often come up with the statements suggesting that sex education in classroom should be avoided because the most effective tool for offering sex education, according to them is TV, films, magazines and media. Such people fail to understand that trained sex educators under especially designed programs teach sex education to children in schools. They are thus able to handle children’s problems and clear their ambiguities in the best possible way, whereas magazines, films, TV and other channels and mediums of providing sex education are be reliable. They are most of the times urging the young people by encouraging their sexual promiscuity rather than effectively teaching and educating them. This wrong approach damages the society and the individuals in disguise of ameliorating them.

People contradicting the notion insist that sex education always makes the learners have sex and experience it personally, once they learn about it in school. The reality is that sexual urge for any human being is a natural occurrence. When children reach to a certain age, whether they find people to educated them about sex or not, they do have natural instincts about it, and therefore if provided a chance they would surely want to satisfy their urge. This natural reaction can not in any way be related to the outcome of sex education in schools. In fact, the best time for letting sex education play its role is when the sexual urge increases and the teenagers want to find a source for its satisfaction. It offers individuals with the required knowledge so that they are careful. It is only then that they understand the consequences of sex leading to child birth as well as sexually transmitted diseases. Thus sex education is basically a warning and a caution for such children who are stepping into the phase of life where they would need to know all this.

Some people who go against the topic also argue that even though sex education exists, it has still not decreased the rate of teenage pregnancies. I would rather not go deep in to the moral issue of the topic, but it is important here to discuss and point out the shortcomings of our society. Social values that insist that being single, pregnant and teenagers is fine, is what has to be changed. Through educating the children and making them aware that it is just not ‘cool’ to be pregnant when single or teenager, and just because ‘others are also doing it’ does not in any way justify their actions, this change can be achieved. There are many sexual education programs that teach the learners about the grave consequences that can result in having early sex. This type of sex education in schools is helpful and makes the learners responsible and mature enough to understand the difference between morality and immorality.

People, who are against the notion, repeatedly state the question that why sex education is given so much importance when there are also many other issues connected with juvenile delinquencies such as drugs, drinking and aggressive bullying. No doubt, there are also many other issues to consider important enough to be taught in school for awareness but psychological researches show that behind most of the juvenile behavioral problems, one main reason is always the active sexual urge which drives the young people to indulge themselves in harmful activities like drug abuse and alcoholism. It is also commonly observed that young teenagers who indulge into such activities are unaware of proper sex education. Once they are given a true picture of sex and its consequences their mental status relaxes and they are easily able to cope with other social taboos.

Parents, who believe that sex education pollutes the minds of their children, have in large number taken their children out of schools promoting sex education. In this process of instilling in their minds their religious and family values, they forget that the media, their children are largely exposed to can also lead them astray. Sex education in schools does not in any way offers them an invitation to have open sex by making them aware of the risks; it just educates them about the matter in the best way.

Apart from educating the students about safe sex, sex education in schools is also helpful as it helps students to learn proper terminology for reproductive system, STDs and birth contraceptives rather than the street lingo that is commonly used by laymen. Sex education classes are gender based and that is why the young learners are not embarrassed and are only taught what is related to their gender. Early inclusion of classes also helps the teenagers to either become abstinent for some time or to become responsible if they are already active. Therefore, many sexual problems that occur in adulthood can be controlled if effective and apt sex education is given at the right time.

A proper sex education which is holistic, nonjudgmental and comprehensive never misleads or misguides the teenagers. Such a curriculum should be imposed in all schools around the nation; it is an answer to many social problems and conflicts. Would any parent leave their kindergarten kids to walk alone on the streets without letting them know how to walk safely? No parent would actually do that, in the same way, letting your teenager children socialize with their peers and fellows without any proper sexual education is nothing contrary to the analogy mentioned above. It is hazardous and risky for their lives. Thus, proper sex education in schools should be encouraged so that they learn all the significant facts through trained teachers, who help and supports them in these matters of highly crucial value. Sex education should be taken as a positive aspect which promises healthier and better life for the youngsters. It therefore should be taken as a subject taught in schools to enhance knowledge on the subject matter; something merely as human anatomy or biology class. Sex education should be given in all schools to educate the children for their betterment, avoiding it will only result in emotional, social and health problems.


Source by Amna Tariq Shah

Fun Learning Apps Helping People With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children with autism spectrum disorder usually face difficulty in processing information that involves the five senses. Smells, noises, and bright lights often unnerve them. These are initial signs that a child may be autistic. But thankfully, fun learning apps like “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” have made a world of difference to autistic children by helping them with sensory and motor skills.

These fun educational apps have become much-loved learning devices for autistic children. Gadgets like the iPad, smartphone, and tabs have opened up a new learning horizon for children. Autistic children usually have a high level of digital readiness. Device-based learning is often a second nature to most of them.

Autism is a complex brain development disorder. According to a recent study in the US, one in 45 kids aged between three to 17, have autism spectrum disorder.

Children with autism often struggle in the following cases.

Social interaction: How do people relate to each other? Institutions, systems, and rules take root in small and large groups, and in on-on-one situations.

Repetitive behaviors: Autistic children are known to display repetitive behaviors. These may include head banging, hand flapping, and rocking to and fro.

Communication drawbacks: Exchange of information between two persons can take place without speaking. Non-verbal cues include hand gestures and body language. Autistic children face difficulty in recognizing these signs.

Fun learning apps like “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” can help autistic children detect the nonverbal communication cues. These apps also help teachers, parents, and therapists.

Enthused by the success of the “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” educational apps, many companies have started developing their own apps which they believe are powerful tools to reach out to autistic people.

What has really come to the help of autistic children, is the easy availability of the technological devices on which these apps can run. Smart phones, tabs, and iPads are within the reach of most people, compared to the hugely expensive assistive communication devices. The modern digital devices have come as a boon for children with autism spectrum disorder.

The fun learning apps for kids have helped autistic children in many ways. Most importantly, they help special needs kids to construct sentences and determine the expression to a particular response. These educational apps can be customized according to the specific needs of the child since no two autistic kids are the same. The fun learning apps are really proving to be helpful.


Source by Kevin Carter

Treasure the Early Years! Don’t Rush Into Education

When I read about those overzealous parents scribbling their unborn child’s name onto a waiting list for that “hot new preschool” it bugs the heck out of me. Now I know that these parents have only the best intentions, after all, they’re trying to get an early start on ensuring a top of the line education for their child. What’s wrong with that?

Quite a few things actually.

#1 – Your child is not a product, nor a hot new trend to show off as of ____enter scheduled cesarean date here____

#2 – Education IS important, but getting him into “the best of the best school” is not the sole purpose of your child’s existence

#3 – How can you predict what may happen or where you’ll even be three or four years from now?

#4 – You’re already putting high expectations on your child and she’s not even born

I could go on but you get the idea. The point I’m trying to make is that you should not rush your child into a formal type of education while they are still very young. I believe that three years old is a ridiculous age for preschool. Is the ABC’s really more important than exposing your child to your full attention, your love, guidance and life lessons? What is your child going to learn at circle time at the age of three that you can’t show him at home?

If it’s the socialization issue here’s a little tip. At three years old a child is moving from parallel play, or playing “beside” other children with no real interest in interaction, to associative play, or seeking out other children to play with. Engaging and actively playing with other children doesn’t really kick in until around four years of age. If play dates are your preference, schedule a play date once or twice a week, let your child play with the other children at the park, take your child to story time at the library. There are so many different options for exposing your child to other children. Preschool at three years old is just too young. There are no real lessons that your child can learn, or any life skills he will pick up by starting a method of traditional education so early in life. Intelligence is not a race to the finish line. You shouldn’t rush into early enrollment or unboxing that curriculum because you’re afraid that your child will “fall behind.”

That goes for us homeschoolers as well. Holding up flashcards in front of those angel eyes and trying to master motor skills with lesson plans are not beneficial for such a young child. Why do you want to rush through these beautiful years of discovery? Bonding, guidance, praise and security are all your little one needs to develop the essential skills that every child masters at the young stages. Baby Einstein isn’t necessary to grow and connect those neurons, a simple story and a walk through the park will do more for your child than “A-A-An-Annn-Ann-t-t-t-ANT!”

Young children need so much help with understanding and learning how to handle all those feelings that swarm throughout their bodies every minute of the day. Parents are the safest and most qualified individuals to help young children understand their feelings. Your child feels safer and more trust with you than they’ll ever feel with a teacher, daycare provider or peers. It’s critical for children to develop a sense of empathy and to learn how to handle those intense feelings that they can’t control while young. Spending the early years shaping those feelings, manners and morals that you want your child to have is more important than the ABC’s and 1 2 3’s. When your child becomes frustrated with something he doesn’t quite understand, would you rather he throws a huge tantrum, screaming about how he can’t do it, or would you rather he approaches you calmly and politely ask for help in solving this problem he can’t figure out by himself? By forcing your child to focus solely on drills, memorization and exposure to “a normal educational setting” you’re losing critical moments of emotional growth and understanding.

If you really want your young child to learn the basics, here’s something you can do from the comfort of your own home!

When it comes to the alphabet, colors, letters and numbers, matching games are the easiest and most fun introduction. I did this with my daughter when she was around two years old and didn’t try to force anything or rush her into learning anything. I just gave her these sets a few nights a week, matched everything myself while she watched and then cleared the board and watched as she tried to figure it out. Over a couple of weeks, she started figuring it out and began matching the cutout letters onto the sheet of letters perfectly. The same with the colors and numbers. Before my daughter was four years old she knew all her letters, colors and numbers up to twenty.

We should never forget that children need our love and attention. Schools and flash cards can’t replace that special bond parents have with their children. Rushing into education is never a good idea. You’re only given so many years of those joyful baby and toddler years. Treasure and cherish these moments because once they’re gone you can’t get them back. With plenty of love, encouragement, motivation and most importantly, your attention and praise, your child will have no trouble learning everything he needs to know to be just as “smart” as those elite academy preschoolers who has parents more obsessed with status and labels than the pure joy and satisfaction that come from simply enjoying every moment of those early years.

Children don’t need fancy schools with professors at the head of the room. They just need their parents, plenty of hugs, kisses, attention and guidance to get a head start on life. Nothing more, nothing less.

What early educational activities have you used with your child? I’d love to hear about it below!


Source by Courtney M Jones

Involving Autism Apps in Education

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the US. It has grown alarmingly in the past few years. But at the same time, several companies have come up with autism learning apps like “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” that have made learning easier for children with autism spectrum disorder.

But why are autism learning apps proving to be helpful to special needs children? For one, autism apps like “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” have a simple interface which is easy to navigate. Autistic kids are attracted to iPads and tablets. Besides, these devices are handy and portable, and children can use them under various circumstances. These apps can help them learn outside the classroom as well. Autism learning apps particularly help the children to develop communication, social, language, and articulation skills. People learn through touch and the “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” autism apps maximize the learning experience through engaging content, ease of use, and interaction.

There are several autism learning apps available in the market. But there’s a pertinent need to select the ones that have the key features. The “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” autism apps help users to share results. Most of the apps come in various versions that target diverse age groups. This is important because if the autism learning apps are targeted only at the younger group, the older ones will get bored while using them. Also, all autism apps must forge a “real-time” feel. This means that the kids should be able to witness the cause-and-effect action so as to process the message.

The “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” autism learning apps have more options, are more descriptive, and are fully customizable. They can be tuned to suit the needs of each particular child. You can of course add your own words, images, short animations etc.

Kids are particularly fond of the “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” autism apps. Both these apps comprise letter recognition, reading comprehension, object sorting and matching, and letter-sound correspondence. The features have made these two apps extremely popular.

Enthused by the success of these two apps, several companies have introduced their own learning apps. It’s often a challenge to the teachers, counselors, and parents to find the best one.

The “Make Sentences” and “Just Match” autism learning apps, fortunately, have been developed by experts and professionals were involved at every stage of the development. It has won accolades from parents and instructors.


Source by Kevin Carter

Teaching Children With Autism

Developing children, typically, tend to naturally desire social interaction with others. They try to strike up a conversation and communicate naturally. But children with autism spectrum disorder are typically withdrawn and can’t participate in a natural conversation. They may display behaviors and face trouble in communicating effectively in a social situation. It’s quite common for a child having autism spectrum disorder to not use any functional speech at all.

But many latest practices and research have revealed that technology-based gadgets are more effective to target the key challenges of children with autism spectrum disorder. These include socialization, motivation, and communication. All these challenges have a direct impact on the way autistic children interact with others, and participate in school, home, and community environments.

There are thousands of mobile technology apps like “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” that offer solutions to enable autistic children with cognitive challenges to open up their communication abilities and reach out. There are many autism learning apps, and “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” are of course two of the most popular.

The special needs education apps like “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” provide unique tools that help autistic children to learn functions more independently and facilitate communication.

Children with autism and other disabilities often use expanding language for improving their communication and increase the language capacity. Innovative autism learning apps like “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” help in strengthening the language capacity via innovative mobile communication devices that include tabs, iPads and smart phones.

These two apps, according to experts, lessen the barrier of functional communication among autistic kids. They also help to reduce language delays and strengthen the vocabulary of the autistic child, using meaningful day-to-day items from their own environment.

Augmentative communication apps can enhance learning of all several key academic skills of autistic kids. The “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” autism learning apps can reinforce the basic language skills via an in-built robust library of life-like graphics. Both these autism apps are interactive and can be fully customized for each child’s needs. Experts say that these two are the best autism learning apps of their kind in the market.

Autism apps have changed the education landscape for special needs children. Many schools have already integrated these devices in their system. But awareness in this regard is still lacking. Developers of the “What’s the Expression” and “Make Sentences” autism learning apps also provide training for using these apps.


Source by Kevin Carter

Needs: Why Do Some People Feel Selfish For Putting Their Needs First?

While there are some people who feel comfortable putting their needs first, there are others who don’t. Even so, this doesn’t mean someone will be aware of this even though this is the case.

Instead, they could simply have the tendency to focus on other people’s needs, and this is naturally going to cause them to suffer. This doesn’t mean that their life will be any better if they are aware of what is going on, but at least they will know why they are experiencing life in this way.

Point of Focus

When it comes to their day-to-day life, they are likely to spend a lot of time doing what other people want. There is the chance that they will have a career where they help others, and this is not going to be much of a surprise.

They could find that they just know what these people’s needs are, and they could be amazed at how tuned in one is. There could then be times when one is more aware of these people’s needs than they are of their own.

Another Experience

However, if one doesn’t have this ability, the people they assist in their career are bound to be grateful for the effect they have on their life. And through being there for others in this way, one could experience a deep sense of satisfaction.

At the same time, they could have the tendency to feel drained, and as though they rarely have enough energy. Yet, if they spend most of their life being there for others and rarely think about themselves, this is to be expected.

Feedback

If someone was to pick up on how they feel, they could tell them to take break, or they could offer to do something for them. One could have moments when they are able to accept their advice and moments when they ignore it.

And if they wanted to do something for them, one may find that they are not always able to allow this to happen. When something like this takes place, part of them may want to embrace what they have to offer but another part of them might stop this from happening.

Conflict

What this is likely to show is that the part of them that doesn’t want other people to fulfil their needs is the strongest. As a result of this, it ends up overriding the other part of them.

Therefore, if one was able to take a step back from what is taking place, they would see that they working against themselves. Instead of being their own best friend, they are their own worst enemy.

Up and Down

Having their needs met should be something that is a normal part of their life, as opposed to something that causes them so much trouble. There will be the pain they experience through not getting them met and what they have to go through when they are met.

When it comes to the latter, one could find that they end up feeling as though they are doing something wrong. They are likely to be overwhelmed with guilt, and they won’t be able to be in the present moment.

A Way Out

The sooner this experience comes to an end and one is able to focus on someone else, the better they will feel. This is going to mean that they will neglect their own needs, but at least they won’t have to feel bad.

Ultimately, one is going to be receiving what they deserve to receive, but it is going to be as though they are receiving something that they don’t deserve. One way of looking at this would be to say that it is as if they have stolen something.

Relationships

Through being this way, they are likely to have people around them who are also out of balance. They can be only too happy to let one do things for them, and they might not feel the need to give anything back.

There is the chance that one will attract people who feel as though they are entitled to this kind of treatment. It is then going to be as if one is more like a parent than a friend or a lover, for instance.

Part of Life

If one was to look back on their life, they could find that this is how their life has been for quite some time. The only way this is going to change is if they are able to change what is taking place within them.

Through doing this, the people around them will change, or they will no longer be part of their life. This will open them up to people who are able to be there for them and who have no interest in taking advantage of them.

Selfish

In order for one to get to this stage, they will need to realise that there is nothing wrong with their needs. If they don’t take care of them, it is not going to be possible for them to truly be there for others.

Through being able to take care of their own needs without feeling guilty, it will be far easier for them to function at their best. They may find that they don’t feel the need to do as much for others, and this can allow these people to do more for themselves.

Boundaries

One will no longer feel as though they need to do things that other people should be doing, and this will allow them to grow. When one does things that they shouldn’t be doing, they can end up stopping people from being responsible for their own life.

When one doesn’t feel comfortable with their own needs, it can be a sign that their younger years were a time when they had to take care of their caregivers needs. One would have been the parent and their caregiver would have been the child.

Awareness

If one can relate to this and they want to change their circumstances, it might be necessary for them to reach out for external support. This can be provided by a therapist.


Source by Oliver JR Cooper