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Would you support condom dispensers in your local high school?
December 27, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Condom Dispensers Could Be Coming to a High School Near You

Posted by Jeanne Sager on December 27, 2012

condomsReady for a twist in the old "should teenagers have access to birth control" debate? Some 22 high schools in Philadelphia will be welcoming students back in the new year with brand new condom dispensers. So is this a matter of schools overstepping their bounds and infringing on parents rights? Or is this just one way the schools fulfill their role in kids' lives?

After all, Philadelphia's deputy mayor of health was questioned about the condom dispensers, and he explained that schools are partners with parents in raising kids. Put it that way, and schools giving our kids condoms is really the responsible thing to do, right?

Let's just think about this for a minute.

It's ultimately a parent's responsibility to keep kids safe. That's why most parents who really think things through would side with preventing STDs over pretending their precious little snowflake will never ever ever have sex.

But parents have already ceded a significant amount of control over the welfare of our kids to the schools. We more or less have to, considering our kids typically spend more of their waking hours on a school campus than they do with us.

We already expect the schools to help us prepare our kids for the real world, expanding classes beyond mere reading, writing, and 'rithmetic to life skills' training in the likes of driving and often basic parenting skills. In many places, sex ed is even part of the curriculum (and rightly so).

So why not? Why shouldn't schools be as proactive as parents are or at least as parents should be? Why shouldn't they help us prepare kids for safe sex?

Would you support condom dispensers in your local high school?

Replies

  • Peanutx3
    December 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    Yes
  • ChancesMommy07
    December 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Yes.

  • Woodbabe
    December 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Yes

  • FromAtoZ
    December 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Yes.

    Although the idea that they are needed weighs heavy, the fact is if this machine and what it dispenses is actually used and for the right reasons, it can be beneficial.

  • olivejuice2
    December 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    Yes. As well as comprehensive sex ed.
  • nuclear_sugar
    December 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
    I'd actually prefer they have to get them FROM someone- nurse, counselor, whatever. So that someone knows they are making these choices and can keep an eye on them. I do support them being available for free though.

    Also, maybe it's the middle school teacher in me, but I can see them being wasted on tricks in class...kids getting them just to spit in them and put them on someone's chair, flick them at each other like rubber bands, etc
  • blues_pagan
    December 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    absolutely.  It should be the responsibility of both sexually active boys and girls, men and women, to be responsible and safe when having sex.

  • AliKatAK47
    December 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Yes, no, yes. I am conflicted. Where I would love to see condoms given away to teenage boys so they know to wrap it up, I don't want them so available that that they will just become toys. Something about having a condom dispenser just makes me think that the kids will be having a water balloon fight with them.

  • Clairwil
    December 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    This is something that's received massive scientific scrutiny, and the results of the studies have been exceptionally clear, and in agreement with each other, no matter where it is tried, or who runs the study.


    Anonymous condom machines in schools decrease the rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

    They do NOT increase the number of pupils deciding to have sex.

  • Clairwil
    December 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM
    Quoting nuclear_sugar:

    I can see them being wasted on tricks in class...kids getting them just to spit in them and put them on someone's chair, flick them at each other like rubber bands, etc

    No doubt that will happen sometimes but, at $1 a packet, those are expensive rubber bands.

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