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Sex Education in New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, teaching sex education is not mandated by the State. Individual school boards, principals, or health education teachers may decide which, if any, curricula to present. In addition, the State does not track which programs or resources individual schools choose to present.
Our goal is to raise general awareness about how vital a strong comprehensive sexuality education program is to the development of responsible young adults throughout the state. We encourage you to take the initiative to research the quality of the curriculum local students in your area are being taught, and to generate dialogue in your communities about this important issue. NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire is ready and willing to assist communities throughout the state in supporting and fighting for thoroughly comprehensive sexuality education in all public schools.
We have assembled resources available to anyone interested in learning more about taking action, including questions to ask, curriculum guidelines, advice on writing a letter-to-the-editor, and more.
For more information, contact us at 228-1224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and Teens: Get Informed and Get Involved!
Education and factual information about reproductive choices is key to reducing the rate of contracted sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), unintended pregnancies and the need for abortion. Teens need to learn the information and skills necessary to protect themselves if and when they choose to become sexually active.
Though parents should have the primary responsibility for teaching their children about the risks and responsibilities of sexual activity, many parents do not provide a thorough education at home. Some parents lack the proper information to teach these lessons; others find it uncomfortable to discuss sexual matters with their children. In any case, teens are often less receptive when communicating with their parents about sex.
As a result of these shortcomings in sexuality education and family communication, teenagers are often grossly misinformed or inadequately prepared to deal with issues involving sex and may continue to remain so throughout adulthood.
Teaching young people about abstinence is a critical part of a well-rounded and effective sexuality education program. However, teaching abstinence by itself is clearly not sufficient. Only when young people have complete, accurate, and reliable information can they make informed and appropriate decisions about sex and reproductive health.