Jodi - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )
I was talking to someone I know the other day, and he has a 13 year old daughter. Somehow, we got onto the topic of teens and sex (don't ask me how the conversation got there, I can't remember). Keep in mind I have a 12 year old son, who also has a few friends who are 13. We were discussing the problems of teens, the pressures of sex, etc.
ANyway, I didn't realise.....our local Youth centre gives out condoms for free to kids aged 12 and 13 without question. They are not required to talk to anyone first, they are entitled to the rights of privacy, so their parents are not permitted any information, they just hand the condoms over for these kids.
What are your thoughts?
To be honest, I'm a little mixed on the issue....while I understand WHY they do this, I personally would be absolutely horrified if I found out they were doing this for my 12 year old without my knowledge and the ability for me to talk to him about it......... (but then, my 12 year old is not anywhere much on his own yet, so its unlikely to happen)....
I'm just curious as to what you guys think. Will it really solve the problems? Or will it encourage them? Keep in mind, we live in a pretty good area, in fact, a reasonably low crime, high income city......