Rebecca Hagelin

After all, the kids are going to do it anyway. Why force them into the back seats of cars or empty apartments, where youth dating violence is more likely to occur? Surely student safety would demand that schools provide clean, accessible, "youth-friendly," environments where students can exercise their sexual rights, free from parental snooping or control. It's one stop shopping, too: pick up condoms on the way in or the "morning after pill" on the way out. Bet it would reduce the drop-out rate, too--Who knew school could be this much fun?

How to Save Your Family: Take the Reins in Sex Ed

Parents are right to resist government efforts to shape our kids' sexual perspectives. California's model--bringing Planned Parenthood literally inside the school walls--is likely to be replicated elsewhere as governments flounder about seeking ways to reduce teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Their approach will fail: Planned Parenthood has strong financial incentives to stoke demand for their services--contraceptives, abortions, and STD treatments-by promoting sex without moral context.

It's up to us to take the reins of our child's sex education, to deliver the right messages about sex.

When was the last time you engaged your child in a conversation about sex? Sex ed is not a once-and-done plumbing lesson but an ongoing effort to provide context and moral guidance according to your child's knowledge, maturity level, and experiences.

Do you know what your child knows-or doesn't know? Has your child heard the beautiful message that sex is the loving expression of faithful, committed marital love? Does your child appreciate its power and significance? Does he or she know that the meaning of sex implies that sexual behavior outside of marriage is wrong? That it can injure us spiritually, emotionally, and even physically? And that some kinds of sexual behavior are degrading and always wrong?

It's our God-given parental responsibility-and privilege--to shape our child's vision of sexuality. Don't cede control to teachers, nurses, or clinic workers who not only don't know your child but also won't provide any moral context for the sexual messages they deliver.

Take the opportunity this summer to continue your child's sexual education, under your roof, according to your values!

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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