Youth learn about sex from friends

2012-11-27 22:41

Johannesburg - Most young people learn about sex from their friends as opposed to their families, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

"The fact that parents are not engaging with their children on sex education is of great concern," International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) director general Tewodros Melesse said in a statement.

"Young people need responsible and reliable sources of such information to be properly educated."

The survey was conducted among 16 to 24-year olds, and 25 to 34-year olds, to differentiate between the two generations.

A total of 7 662 people took part.

It found that 38% of youth had friends as the primary source of information about sex.

Nineteen percent learnt about sex through television and other media, 18% through school, 14% through the internet, and only 4%t through their families.

"We really need families to teach young people about sex, sexual health and responsible behaviour.

"Not speaking about it within the family actually increases the risks rather than preventing them," Melesse said.

The survey found that 12%of youth first had sex under the age of 14, 22% between the ages of 14 and 16, and 37% after the age of 16.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-11-28 00:30

    Our african parents feel ashamed or should i say, they scared to teach us about SEX. But they are good at kicking us out of the house.....fall pregnant

  • sachasea - 2012-11-28 01:46

    Wow I am truly gobsmacked that they needed a survey to reach that conclusion!! Didn't these people go through puberty?

  • samuel.ramaifo - 2012-11-28 02:53

    Open peers

  • khazi.cele - 2012-11-28 03:07

    In my experience most parents fear that if they teach children about sex, it means they are encouraging them to have sex at a young age.

  • Puseletso Phambane - 2012-11-28 06:32

    I wish my Tax money can be used to hire Psychologists for every school to provide counseling and support,ths children carry a lot of emotional baggage from their homes..or rather a healthcare facility like @ Inkandla

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-28 06:50

    LOL! I bought an expensive book with pics, I sat my sons down and tried to explain things to them. ( 8 and 11)......ha ha ha....They pointed out that I had been explaning to them anyway, (at 4 and 6) as we lived on a farm at the time and they had seen cows and goats give birth often, and that in any event, they had learnt from their friends on the farm. I was so amused, as they began to lecture me about sex, although horrifed at the thought of my spouse and I ? LOL! I then remembered that I too learn from friend when I was about 8. Didn't belive it either.....then later as a teenager, believed it, sorta. So like any good parent, you then lecture about condoms,drugs, and the horrors of life...... Sad though, that sex is so ...anyway. @ Jamaba I agree with you. Its the rape and all the shocking news we keep getting ne?

  • juannepierre - 2012-11-28 07:02

    And rape, where do SA boys learn to rape? I'm leaning towards our leaders, one in particular, or maybe it's part of their culture? And if your child has time to shag then you are not doing enough to keep your child stimulated in terms of their growing mind. Where they learn it is one thing but having the time to act it out is another. The slutty girls in my school days were the girls with zero adult supervision, no hobbies, no sports, no after school activities at all. Most parents shouldn't be parents and when it comes to sexual children, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

  • delish7564 - 2012-11-28 07:52

    It is a parent's responsibility to discuss openly with their children although at my children's school it is discussed in class as well. If it is treated as a taboo subject, it will lead to trouble, should be treated in the same way as Biology or Maths :)

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-11-28 08:50

    I learned about sex from jacob zuma

  • bmaestro - 2012-11-28 09:01

    talking about any sex related issue in Africa is a all young men out there keep googling

  • bmaestro - 2012-11-28 09:05

    Google taught me and i wasn't disappointed

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-11-28 11:21

    ..and friends learn about sex from youth

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