Overall, most people feel kids under 16 years old should not be
having sex. If they are 15 or above, they should be allowed, as
long as they are mentally mature, using protection, and respecting
their partners. They should be educated about pregnancy and STDs,
and how to avoid them. It can be a lot of fun for those who choose
to stay safe. Many of teens consider it a rite of passage, and are
mature enough to handle it. It may cause some hurt feelings during
breakups, but as long as everyone is being safe, no one is going to
really get hurt. Make sure that if someone says stop, you stop.
Also, be sure that you stay within state or national laws so no one
gets in trouble. In most places, the legal age of consent is 16
years of age or older.
The truth of the matter is that having sex at such a young age is
unnecessary, especially at anything below 16. Even so, sex at an
age still below 18 is still not a good idea, seeing that it can
result in pregnancy. Not even the condom can 100% protect you from
STDs and pregnancy. Parents may not be able to stop their children,
but a parent should not be enabling their child to have sex either.
Children have their entire life in front of them to have sex. Love
at this age should be sweet and romantic. It will be spoiled by
immature "adult" thoughts that the child may not be ready for.
Before having sex, people must be physically and emotionally
mature. That means it's not a good idea to have sex before late
adolescence. Many children in this age group are not informed about
contraception, hormones, or pregnancy. Depending on your family,
religion, or culture, young or premarital sex may be considered
immoral, sinful, or even forbidden. It could cause serious family,
legal, or cultural problems for both partners. There are also many
that believe sex should be something that is saved for marriage.
Some feel it is as basic as saying if they are being referred to as
kids, they are too young.
In the US, it is illegal to have sex with anyone under the age of
It is okay to educate at this age, but not to enable. If you were
to find out your child was having sex, it is hard to say what you
should do. It depends on your child, their age, their maturity,
their situation, and their partner. For some kids, you should
probably do everything you can to stop them. For others, it is
probably best just to educate them the best you can.
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