Youth can get a lot of unreliable/insufficient information from their parents and peers on sex-related topics. It’s an issue to be addressed.
Good-quality sexuality education is needed as there is an increasing fear of STIs (sexually transmitted infections), teenage pregnancies (because of the lack of knowledge about contraception and responsibility), and sexual abuse. The sexual behaviour and attitudes towards sexuality are rapidly changing, as young people are experiencing more freedom in their sexuality (European Expert Group, 2015). In addition, there is a widespread of internet and media coverage which can distort a perception of sexuality (for example, youth watching pornographic content on the internet). A lot of times people do not understand their own sexuality; thus, it is hard to pass the knowledge to the younger generations.
Sexuality education is a lifelong learning. It includes physical and emotional well-being, sexual health, respect for yourself and others, as well as learning about sexual orientation, gender identity, and relationships. “Good quality sexuality education is grounded in internationally accepted human rights, in particular, the right to access appropriate health-related information” (WHO, 2013). For those reasons, sexuality education needs to be presented (in an acceptable way) to the youth to give them the right knowledge to live a healthy and happy life.