David Cameron: Bring sex and relationship education into the 21st century #bettersexeducation
  • Petitioned Rt Hon David Cameron MP

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Rt Hon David Cameron MP

David Cameron: Bring sex and relationship education into the 21st century #bettersexeducation

    1. Yas Necati
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      Yas Necati

      London, United Kingdom

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January 2014

Victory

VICTORY! We did it! Last night a spokesperson at the Department for Education told The Daily Telegraph's Wonder Women team it was working on “new advice produced by expert groups” for all schools to use with the existing teaching materials for sex education. The guidance will reflect the influence of the internet on how people view sex and relationships. When we started this campaign in August we knew we had a challenge ahead of us. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, had his head stuck in the sand on this issue. Quickly our campaign snowballed, with leading experts in sexual health backing our call to bring sex education into the 21st century. We got front page headlines, dressed as monkeys and even got the Prime Minister to back our campaign before Gove finally bowed to pressure. Make no mistake, we put this on Gove’s agenda. So thank you -- because we would not be here if all 52,000 of you hadn’t signed this petition calling for change. Yas

It was the summer of 2009 and we were sitting on the shed roof in my friend’s back garden, three young girls talking about sex. “Do you ever feel pressure,” one of my friends asked rather nervously, “to watch porn?” We all went a little quiet at this, we’re girls; we weren’t supposed to talk about porn. But we had felt pressure – not just to watch porn, but at some point, to act out in a relationship what we thought went on in porn.

The past 10 years have seen incredible changes in how people - particularly young people - interact with each other. Mostly, this is brilliant. It’s given millions of people access to information with the touch of a button, or the swipe of a finger across a phone screen.

But more frequently than ever, young people are learning about their bodies, their sexual desires and sexual relationships with others through the internet, whether it’s via porn or from documenting relationships on social networks. In fact, a new Telegraph/ NSPCC poll has found almost a third of young people believe porn dictates how to behave in a relationship.

Effective sex education is essential if my generation is to make responsible and well-informed decisions about the lives we go on to lead.

Current sex and relationship education guidelines, which teachers use to plan lessons, were last updated in 2000 – some 13 years ago – and contain no reference to the internet; mobile technology or online bullying.

I’m calling on the Prime Minister to urgently convene a working group of young people, teachers, professionals and online experts to re-write the guidance to reflect the influence of the internet on how people view sex and relationships.

 I’m working with Telegraph Wonder Women, The Daily Telegraph's women's channel, on this campaign. We need thousands of signatures to show the Government that this is an important issue for everyone.

I understand the Department for Education has had several opportunities to put this right but has failed to act. This is rubbish. Why are they leaving my generation to learn about sex and relationships from online porn and ‘selfies’?

Please sign our petition and tell the Prime Minister to bring sex education into the 21st Century. 

 

To:
Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minster of the United Kingdom
I'm calling on you to bring sex education into the 21st century.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Jade Collier CHESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Porn is a negative influence and should not be left for young people to be educated by, they should be taught correctly in an educational environment issues that surround it. It is incredibly shocking that sex education is not already in the 21st Century.

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    • Stacey Murphy BUSHEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Children need to be taught that what they can see on the internet isn't necessarily how things work in real life. They need to know there is no pressure on them to behave in the same way, too much of the way kids behave today is due to how the precive they should behave with the access they have to information on the net and to other people so readily.

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    • Shoshana Moskowitz BUCKFASTLEIGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Teaching teens about relationship, and how to deal with pornification of culture, especially theirs is vital.

      Is this petition still happening? I would love to gather signatures for this at our 1BR community gathering on Feb. 14th, as part of a global rising to end violence towards women and children.

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    • Suzy Palmer LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      The Internet is a great place to get this sort of information from, but it's just not enough. Young people need to be guided when they are at such a turbulent, emotional stage of their lives.

      It also frustrates me that sex is still seen (especially by girls, but also boys too) as a taboo subject and find it difficult to talk about. I feel that LGBT young people are often left clueless as to how they are supposed to go about having sex and relationships as it just isn't talked about enough. Many feel ashamed or worried about how their family and friends will react. Why is this? We're in the 21st centurary, I would have thought sex education would be better and more open minded by now

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    • Gary Tregoning SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Young people today are in a nightmare situation, they're not getting the practical information they need about sex and relationships. without it they're lives will get really messed up!

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