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Free Condoms in High Schools?

Elementary School Expert Advice from Barbara Potts

Q: Do you think those sex education classes -- where condoms are distributed -- sends a good message to students?

A: You can find experts who will argue both sides of your question. Many believe that handing out condoms invites young people to experiment with sexual activity before they would have on their own. Other experts believe that young people will become sexually active on their own and that handing out condoms encourages them to be responsible in their sexual behavior.

Most teachers of sex education classes encourage students to talk to their parents about the topic and about any questions they have. Parents who have talked openly with their children from the time they are your remain approachable when their children become teenagers.

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Barbara Potts has worked as an elementary school counselor for many years. She has a BA in psychology from Wake Forest University, and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


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