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Tehreem Z. Mehdi 22:02, February 8, 2011 (UTC)Link between teenage pregnancy, nutrution and growth


The university of Manchester based a case study of the way the placenta of a teenage mother is affected if she is still growing during pregnancy.

  • The placenta which grows in the womb during pregnancy, delivers nutrients from mums blood to baby and takes away the waste.
  • Dr Jones said ' we believe that if a teenager's body is still maturing during the pregnancy there could be competition between the mother and her baby for essential nutrients'.

reference: URL:

http://www.action.org.uk/press_release/understanding_link_between_teenage_pregnancy_nutrition_and_growth

Sex education in primary school

  • ' A simple but sound maxim is: whatever the age of the child, and whatever the question he asks, answer him to the fullest extent that he is capable of understanding at that stage' (Chanter:1966:8)
  • ' The first of these (the two main elements) is instruction in the physiology of sex; and increasingly this is dealt with objectively at an early age before strong emotional associations develop'. (Chanter:1966:8)
  • ' the barrier of silence between parents and child' when there arise questions 'nice children do not ask' (Chanter:1966:9)
  • 'children are curious about their bodies almost as soon as they are conscious of them' (Chanter:1966:10)

Statistics

Among under-15s, there were 1,047 abortions (down from 1,097 in 2008), of which 136 were on girls under 14 and 911 were on 14-year-olds. Among all under-16s, there were 3,823 abortions (down from 4,113 in 2008) and 17,916 among under-18s (down from 19,387 in 2008). Girls aged 15 to 19 accounted for 39,020 abortions in 2009.

Overall, 2,085 abortions (1% of the total) were for children who would have been born disabled. This included 775 for chromosomal abnormalities including Down's syndrome and 496 for problems with the nervous system.

reference URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/may/25/abortion-statistics-map

Useful Links:

Abortion rates in London:

http://data.london.gov.uk/datastore/package/teenage-conceptions

OPINIONS CONNECTED WITH THE ISSUE OF CHILDREN AND SEX EDUCATION Edit

' Family campaigners described the lessons as 'too much, too young' and said they could have the opposite effect and encourage sexualisation.'

'Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: 'One of the dangers of introducing sex education at an early age is that it risks breaking down children's natural sense of reserve.'

Mike Judge, of the Christian Institute, said: ' Secondary schools already provide sex education. Extending this to primary schools is a step too far.

'In a culture that is obsessed with sex, schools should be one place where children are allowed to get on with life without facing pressure to deal with things they aren't ready for.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1079882/Sex-education-lessons-start-age-seven-new-Government-curriculum.html#ixzz1EopkpFHU

Gabriela Szpunar MDX 22:17, February 22, 2011 (UTC)

General information about sex education:Edit

  • Sex education, which is sometimes called sexuality education or sex and relationships education, is the process of acquiring information and forming attitudes and beliefs about sex, sexual identity, relationships and intimacy. Sex education is also about developing young people's skills so that they make informed choices about their behaviour, and feel confident and competent about acting on these choices. It is widely accepted that young people have a right to sex education. This is because it is a means by which they are helped to protect themselves against abuse, exploitation, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV and AIDS. It is also argued that providing sex education helps to meet young people’s rights to information about matters that affect them, their right to have their needs met and to help them enjoy their sexuality and the relationships that they form.
  • Sex education that works starts early, before young people reach puberty, and before they have developed established patterns of behaviour.The precise age at which information should be provided depends on the physical, emotional and intellectual development of the young people as well as their level of understanding. What is covered and also how, depends on who is providing the sex education, when they are providing it, and in what context, as well as what the individual young person wants to know about.


Gabriela Szpunar MDX 01:03, March 1, 2011 (UTC)