Teaching Sexual Education in schools is similar to reading our book to kids.
Reading Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! will NOT increase the likelihood that your child will put an object in their ears and nose.
2 Big Box #craft stores decided not to put this book on their shelves because they thought it would DECREASE bead sales (beads are a very common foreign body in kids’ ears and nose).
Additionally, we were told by an organization that “mails free, high-quality #Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis” that “In the case of Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!, our committee recognized that the #book would be valuable to parents dealing with a child who had a tendency to put foreign objects in the nose or ears, but we questioned whether #parents for whom this wasn’t an issue would want to raise the subject with their child.”
What the craft stores and the fantastic free #Jewish book mailing organization are basically saying is that if your child reads Don’t Stick… Don’t Stuff… they will be more likely to put objects where they don’t belong. Well, research shows quite the opposite. Take a look at a quote from an article by Advocates for Youth. Because many people have thought that “sexual education encourages youth to have sex”, the following is the fact:
“Numerous studies in peer-reviewed literature, including a comprehensive study by the World Health Organization, have demonstrated that sex education programs that teach young people about both abstinence and contraception do not increase sexual activity nor lead youth to engage in sex at an earlier age.3,4,5,6″
So there you have it. The summary is the education provides an opportunity for conversation and does not encourage the behavior. It allows for discussion between parents are their child. It would NOT encourage the kids to put objects where they don’t belong.
Can you hear us BIG BOX CRAFT STORES and FANTASTIC JEWISH BOOK PROGRAM?
3. Kohler, PK, LE Manhart, WE Lafferty. 2008. Abstinence only and comprehensive sex education and the initiation of sexual activity and teen pregnancy. Journal of Adolescent Health. 42 (4): 344-51.
4. Kirby, DB, BA Laris, LA Rolleri. 2006. Sex and HIV Education Programs: Their Impact on Sexual Behaviors of Young People Throughout the World. Journal of Adolescent Health. 40 (3): 206-217.
5. Kirby, DB. 2005. The Impact of Abstinence and Comprehensive Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs on Adolescent Behavior. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 5 (3): 18-27.
6. Mueller, TE, LE Gavin, A Kulkarni. 2007. The Association Between Sex Education and Youth Engagement in Sexual Intercourse, Age at First Intercourse, and Birth Control Use at First Sex. Journal of Adolescent Health. 42 (1): 89-96.