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Would you support condom dispensers in your local high school?

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Condom Dispensers Could Be Coming to a High School Near You

Posted by Jeanne Sager on December 27, 2012

condomsReady for a twist in the old "should teenagers have access to birth control" debate? Some 22 high schools in Philadelphia will be welcoming students back in the new year with brand new condom dispensers. So is this a matter of schools overstepping their bounds and infringing on parents rights? Or is this just one way the schools fulfill their role in kids' lives?

After all, Philadelphia's deputy mayor of health was questioned about the condom dispensers, and he explained that schools are partners with parents in raising kids. Put it that way, and schools giving our kids condoms is really the responsible thing to do, right?

Let's just think about this for a minute.

It's ultimately a parent's responsibility to keep kids safe. That's why most parents who really think things through would side with preventing STDs over pretending their precious little snowflake will never ever ever have sex.

But parents have already ceded a significant amount of control over the welfare of our kids to the schools. We more or less have to, considering our kids typically spend more of their waking hours on a school campus than they do with us.

We already expect the schools to help us prepare our kids for the real world, expanding classes beyond mere reading, writing, and 'rithmetic to life skills' training in the likes of driving and often basic parenting skills. In many places, sex ed is even part of the curriculum (and rightly so).

So why not? Why shouldn't schools be as proactive as parents are or at least as parents should be? Why shouldn't they help us prepare kids for safe sex?

Would you support condom dispensers in your local high school?

by on Dec. 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Replies (531-540):
Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Ah but why YOU are obviously a stellar example of perfect parenting, those condoms are for those teens not lucky enough to have that in their life. Those condoms could make the difference between high school drop outs and graduates. They could keep the number of girls headed for a lifetime of poverty at a minimum. There are far more socioeconomic factors going on here that take priority over your moral outrage. Society as a whole benefits from reducing the rates of teenaged pregnancy. Keeping kids IN school allows those schools to keep teaching reading, writing and rithmetic.

Quoting crissysworld:

That doesn't matter. The school should stick to teaching math, writing, reading, history and so on. No worry about putting condom machines in when they are not their kids to be providing contraceptives to. Yes so far my 16 year old stepson says no to drugs and comes to us when it comes to girls and asking questions. Plus he already talked to dh about if he feels something may happen that he would go to dh about condoms. Still keep that crap out of the schools. Yes my stepson knows kids in school who do marijuana and he stays away from those kids as well. With them doing this, then kids think oh I don't need to talk to my parents about it. Another reason I have thought about homeschooling our future kids.

Quoting Woodbabe:

If you can teach your kids to "Just say No" to drugs I'm pretty sure you can teach them to "Just say No" to birth control...Just sayin....

They already have easier access to weed than condoms.

Quoting crissysworld:

Hell no. Its not the schools right to give out condoms or anything else along that line to other peoples kids and having that there is. i would be pissed and raising holy hell. Yes some parents don't teach their kids but its not right for the schools to include other peoples kids.




 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

meriana
by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

So, this is about putting them in high schools. How would you feel if they decide to put condom dispensers into middle schools?

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Any idea what the teen pregnancy rate is for girls aged 13-14? Its NOT 0%.

Quoting meriana:

So, this is about putting them in high schools. How would you feel if they decide to put condom dispensers into middle schools?


 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

meriana
by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM


Quoting Woodbabe:

Any idea what the teen pregnancy rate is for girls aged 13-14? Its NOT 0%.

Quoting meriana:

So, this is about putting them in high schools. How would you feel if they decide to put condom dispensers into middle schools?


I realize that which is why I asked the question. It seems a lot of people are ok with them in high schools but may feel differently about a middle school or how about a grade school? My dd knows kids in middle school who have had sex with more than one partner and some don't use any form of B.C, not because it isn't readily available to them but because they don't like it. She also knows a girl or two in sixth grade (grade school) who are very sexually active.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM


Quoting meriana:


Quoting Woodbabe:

Any idea what the teen pregnancy rate is for girls aged 13-14? Its NOT 0%.

Quoting meriana:

So, this is about putting them in high schools. How would you feel if they decide to put condom dispensers into middle schools?


I realize that which is why I asked the question. It seems a lot of people are ok with them in high schools but may feel differently about a middle school or how about a grade school? My dd knows kids in middle school who have had sex with more than one partner and some don't use any form of B.C, not because it isn't readily available to them but because they don't like it. She also knows a girl or two in sixth grade (grade school) who are very sexually active.

I have a sudden sharp pain in my left eye....

 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM
You seem to be unable to see past your own version of reality? It's not about how YOU raise YOUR children. It's about the kids. This might be hard for you to comprehend: children that are not yours may have different needs.

Quoting crissysworld:

That doesn't matter. The school should stick to teaching math, writing, reading, history and so on. No worry about putting condom machines in when they are not their kids to be providing contraceptives to. Yes so far my 16 year old stepson says no to drugs and comes to us when it comes to girls and asking questions. Plus he already talked to dh about if he feels something may happen that he would go to dh about condoms. Still keep that crap out of the schools. Yes my stepson knows kids in school who do marijuana and he stays away from those kids as well. With them doing this, then kids think oh I don't need to talk to my parents about it. Another reason I have thought about homeschooling our future kids.


Quoting Woodbabe:


If you can teach your kids to "Just say No" to drugs I'm pretty sure you can teach them to "Just say No" to birth control...Just sayin....


They already have easier access to weed than condoms.


Quoting crissysworld:


Hell no. Its not the schools right to give out condoms or anything else along that line to other peoples kids and having that there is. i would be pissed and raising holy hell. Yes some parents don't teach their kids but its not right for the schools to include other peoples kids.





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kehgiggles
by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

While I'd love to say yes, I can see where it would go. It can be a good thing to have them available for thier intended purpose, but kids can come up with some pretty bizarre ideas.

For one, our school houses preschool thru 12th grade in one building. That is not to say that kids of any age are not going to do stupid things with condoms, but I'd die if my kindergartener came home with a backpack full of them.


fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Hell Yes!!!

Jambo4
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Let's see.. my school won't allow soda pop machines because it's "bad for you"...  but let's make is so we give thumbs up for being sexually active.

crissysworld
by Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 2:11 AM

But that fact that its not the school systems place and they are butting in where its not their job. The health department already does this again I don't agree with it. I saw kids back when I was a teen working at a local drug store come in and buy condoms. I had told my husband about this last night and he feels the same way. We are not perfact at parenting but we have always been open and honest with him as we will be with our future kids.

Quoting Woodbabe:

Ah but why YOU are obviously a stellar example of perfect parenting, those condoms are for those teens not lucky enough to have that in their life. Those condoms could make the difference between high school drop outs and graduates. They could keep the number of girls headed for a lifetime of poverty at a minimum. There are far more socioeconomic factors going on here that take priority over your moral outrage. Society as a whole benefits from reducing the rates of teenaged pregnancy. Keeping kids IN school allows those schools to keep teaching reading, writing and rithmetic.

Quoting crissysworld:

That doesn't matter. The school should stick to teaching math, writing, reading, history and so on. No worry about putting condom machines in when they are not their kids to be providing contraceptives to. Yes so far my 16 year old stepson says no to drugs and comes to us when it comes to girls and asking questions. Plus he already talked to dh about if he feels something may happen that he would go to dh about condoms. Still keep that crap out of the schools. Yes my stepson knows kids in school who do marijuana and he stays away from those kids as well. With them doing this, then kids think oh I don't need to talk to my parents about it. Another reason I have thought about homeschooling our future kids.

Quoting Woodbabe:

If you can teach your kids to "Just say No" to drugs I'm pretty sure you can teach them to "Just say No" to birth control...Just sayin....

They already have easier access to weed than condoms.

Quoting crissysworld:

Hell no. Its not the schools right to give out condoms or anything else along that line to other peoples kids and having that there is. i would be pissed and raising holy hell. Yes some parents don't teach their kids but its not right for the schools to include other peoples kids.


 



       my name is crista, wife to kevin, stepmom to dillon, Proud Fostermom, i lost my job thanks to Chrysler and am looking for a new one  and go to college part time. ttc our first with pcos since september 2000, fertility is a very sensitive issue for me. i am prolife, believe in cio, vaccinating  . We lost our first baby at 6 weeks along May of 2011. We are Foster Parents hoping to adopt.




 




 




 




 




 




 




 




 

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