Australia: Sex Education Campaign Needed for Teens
February 10, 2012
The results of a survey of teens in New South Wales has officials calling for expanded sex education in schools. The study found that 32 percent of 10th-graders report having had sex, and 37 percent of 15- and 16-year olds did not use a condom in their last sexual encounter. The government should consult with youths to ensure they are receiving effective messages about sexual health, said Megan Mitchell, the NSW commissioner for children and young people. "Involving young people in developing these messages will be a key to their success," she said. The report, "A Picture of NSW Children," is based on information gathered from more than 1.6 million youths in the state since 2008; to access it, visit www.picture.kids.nsw.gov.au.
Australian Associated Press
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