Sex education is the responsibility of parents, not the media

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VSChildren are the most precious assets of human life. They are active, dynamic and enthusiastic people who want to know what they see, hear and feel. However, the stage of puberty changes their lives. At this time, they will be curious about the changes in their body. They may be sexually harassed and exposed to domestic violence and bullying. In this sense, the child needs to be guided, nourished, perfected, cared for and advised by his parents and teachers.

Islamically, sex education is more widely understood as a set of wise rules that children/adults can use to protect themselves from the unacceptable such as adultery, masturbation, fornication and deviant sexual relations among others. It tends to explain the ethical, moral, religious, social and other knowledge necessary for a person to be able to understand themselves as sexual beings. More so, Islam has established certain rules guiding the association between men and women.

Humans as sexual beings have a basic need to keep regenerating. Since birth, humans themselves have a libido. Allah says in Surah Arrum, verse 21. “In the process of life, humans have had sexual desires from birth”. Children will experience stages of sexual maturity in their early teens. They will experience hormonal changes that affect physical changes. This change is a stage that cannot be denied in every child before adolescence. Thus, parents should educate their children on basic sex education. A child should receive his first acquaintance with his home because the child is like a white cloth fashioned by his family.

In Western countries, especially in America, sex education is believed to have helped reduce unwanted pregnancies and disease transmission. Most Americans adhere closely to the Judeo-Christian heritage of human dignity and marriage, and often view sexuality as inseparable from this context. Sex is directed and in fact limited to marriage. For them, sex education is all about the mechanics – how to avoid disease transmission and pregnancy.

In conclusion, the need for sex education is relevant and imperative in this 21st century as it has been brought to our shores by globalization so that children are exposed to the internet, child abuse, electronic gadgets, to the social media and sexual harassment that are driving the moral decay that we see among young people today.

Abdulazeez Alhassan is the President, Universal Writers and Authors, writing from Kaduna

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