Organizations develop guidelines for sex education
A number of education and health organizations teamed up to develop guidelines to teach U.S. kids the importance of safer sex, as well as knowledge that will keep them informed on sexual identity, behavior and abuse, according to media reports.
While the guidelines will not be enforced by government agencies, the organizations believe that they may help school districts turn out students with a healthy and informed view on sexuality and health.
The recommendations were developed by Advocates for Youth, American Association of Health Education, the American School Health Association, the National Education Association - Health Information Network, the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education and the Future of Sex Education Initiative.
Experts believe that education at an early age is integral in helping individuals form good habits.
"The data points that trying to cover this stuff when kids have already formulated their own opinions and biases by the time they're in middle and high school, it's too late," said Cora Collette Breuner, pediatrics professor at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on adolescence.