Can Social Media Be A Substitute For Comprehensive Sex Education?

Posted On: April 16, 2024

Can Social Media Be A Substitute For Comprehensive Sex Education?

While platforms like Instagram and TikTok offer a wealth of information on sexual health and relationships, they may not be enough on their own.

Without guidance from qualified educators, young people risk being misinformed or even harmed by inaccurate or incomplete information.

Social media is not a substitute for comprehensive sex education.

While social media can provide information on specific topics, it often lacks the depth and nuance of a comprehensive sex education curriculum.

Social media content is often created by individuals with no formal training in sexual health or education, and may not be accurate or evidence-based.

Comprehensive sex education provides more than just information.

In addition to teaching young people about sexual health and relationships, comprehensive sex education also emphasizes communication skills, consent, and decision-making.

These are important skills that young people need in order to navigate relationships and make informed decisions about their sexual health.

Comprehensive sex education is tailored to specific age groups and cultural contexts.

One of the strengths of comprehensive sex education is that it can be tailored to meet the needs of specific populations.

Sex education programs can take into account the cultural and social norms of a particular community, and can be designed to address the specific challenges and concerns that young people in that community may face.

Without comprehensive sex education, young people risk being misinformed or even harmed.

In the absence of accurate and evidence-based information about sexual health and relationships, young people may rely on myths and misinformation to guide their decisions.

This can lead to unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and other negative outcomes.

In conclusion, while social media can be a useful tool for providing information on sexual health and relationships, it cannot replace comprehensive sex education.

Young people need access to accurate and evidence-based information, as well as the skills and tools they need to navigate relationships and make informed decisions about their sexual health.

If you need support around sex ed for you or your child, please reach out to a qualified Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist like myself for support. Contact us here!

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice since 2009, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.

Often cited in the media, Dr. Lee is the appointed Clinical Sexologist for Singapore Cancer Society. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-BetweenOrgasmic YogaFrom Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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