The issue of whether schools should offer sex education to their students and how explicit these lessons should be has been a controversial one for decades. It always seems to initiate disputes. In 1994 Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders in the US, was fired for stating that it is essential that students be taught about masturbation as part of sex education. At that time Bill Clinton and his conservative Republicans had been leading the country, who felt strongly about shielding children from corrupt sex talk. Of course when Clinton’s own sexual life with Monika Lewinsky came flashing through headlines on newspapers, TV Channels and then on the Internet, nothing was hidden from anyone and with this, all sorts of sexual content became available for all (Irvine, 2002). The Internet has proved to be a major catalyst in the spreading of sexual material, primarily because of the lack of control over its content. Nowadays sexual content is manifested to children in numerous ways through the media, where magazines, books, television, movies and also songs exhibit sexual material.
Today’s children are well exposed to sex talk. If it is not made available for them through refined sex education in schools, they will probably have to confront the vulgar and obscene facet of it elsewhere. Sexuality should be openly discussed since it determines so much in our lives.