Thursday 21 September 2017

Teacher says children should learn from parents about healthy sexual relationships

As teen attitudes towards sex change radically, open discussion is vital, says an experienced teacher

Frieda Crehan
Frieda Crehan
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

IRISH teenagers are engaging in oral sex from the age of 14 and getting most of their sex education from TV shows like The Inbetweeners, while their access to online porn has "gone through the roof", according to an experienced sex education teacher at a prominent Dublin school.

Frieda Crehan, a Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) teacher at Malahide Community School in north Co Dublin, who has been teaching sex education to Irish pupils for over a decade, says she has noticed a dramatically changing landscape in teenagers' attitudes towards sex in recent years.

She explains how the societal issues involved are monumental and need to be highlighted and openly discussed.

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