Children infected with diseases through having unprotected sex have reached unprecedented levels in the UK. Whilst the finger is being pointed at the government, others insist that shrinking moral standards are to blame. Propeller An increase in the number of under 16-year-olds in Great Britain with a sexually transmitted disease has risen by a monstrous 58 percent. Many are blaming the government for the extraordinary increase, not only for their “complacent and lax” attitude when it comes to informing the young about sexual health, but also for slashing public health spending in recent years.
Schools in Britain are also being criticized for providing children with insufficient education about issues surrounding sexuality. Some teachers are being condemned for a tendency to uphold an old-fashioned approach which holds that, by providing information on the subject, they are actually giving permission for young people to become sexually active. Consequently complete abstinence is often the preferred advice. Liza Jones and two of her friends recently attended a screening for Chlamydia after reading a report that, if left undetected, the infection can lead to infertility – a serious consequence that they had not been informed about at school.
In the UK, the root of the crisis, for many, lies in the slack attitude by the government and in schools. Today, children are growing up in a society with a 52 percent divorce rate in which more and more people are not interested in married life and, for some, these “slacker values” can be blamed for the rises in sexually-related problems like STDs and teenage pregnancies. Parents undoubtedly play a key role into the reasons why a growing number of children are becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases.
Rising divorce rates and “promiscuous” relationships are ultimately shaping children’s perception of sex and sexuality, as every action has a consequence. Pinpointing the blame solely on the government and teachers is surely inaccurate and unfair. Perhaps ministers, those in education, and parents should be working together to create a heightened awareness and a greater understanding of what has – as the recent figures released in Britain have shown – become a very worrying and pressing issue.
Gabrielle Pickard for RT