Sex education in school
The questionnaire of the little ones is complex: Changes in puberty, arousal, the period, the first ejaculation and "the first time" are discussed. Contraception, pregnancy or malformations are also part of the teaching program. Parents can support development at this stage by shopping for first-aid toiletries or getting inspiration from youth magazines - the best source to find out what's moving teens. That was with the younger still "quite innocent", so the biology teacher. "Typical questions are: Is everyone getting into puberty? Do I need a towel when the vagina gets wet? Does sex hurt?" And: "Do eggs accumulate when the pill always prevents ovulation?"
Although most adolescents have already had their first sexual experience, many are unaware of the timing of conception. "When I ask when a woman is fertile, there is stillness in the class, " says Henke. The teenagers also forget that contraception can not only protect against unwanted pregnancy, but also against many venereal diseases. That is why contraception and sexually transmitted diseases are the focus of ninth grade sex education.
Knowledge is important
A loving and well-founded sex education in the home and school is important for the development of the child. The fear that early sexual education leads to early sexual activity, can not be proven in studies. On the contrary, the more knowledge is conveyed, the more self-confident the child is with his sexuality, with love and contraception. It can have a confident say in the group and decide which steps it is ready - or just not ready. And last but not least, it can protect itself against abuse with its knowledge.