grade curriculum for the five district high schools, arguing it was inappropriate for their 13 and 14-year olds.
Their target: a sex-ed book published by Mc Graw Hill.
It offers the traditional advice and awkward diagrams plus some considerably more modern tips: a how-to for asking partners if they’ve been tested for STDs, a debate on legalizing prostitution.
While many parents think that explaining the consequences of sending out explicit images will get teens to stop, they may be missing the point.
“There’s a pressure that people feel to send a sext as a digital currency of trust,” says Emily Weinstein a Harvard University doctoral student who collected the texts above from an online forum run by MTV, for a study on the digital stress of adolescence.
“And let’s do it in classroom setting, with highly qualified, credentialed teachers, who know how to have those conversations.
Because a lot of parents don’t know how to have that conversation when they’re sitting next to their kids and it comes up in a TV show.
“I think denying that [sex] is part of our culture in 2014 is really not serving our kids well,” says Lara Calvert-York, president of the Fremont school board, who argues that kids are already seeing hyper-sexualized content—on after school TV.
“So, let’s have a frank conversation about what these things are if that’s what the kids need to talk about,” she says.
The singer Rihanna, for example, has legions of young fans.
Her music video for the song “S&M”—viewed more than 57 million times on You Tube so far—shows the artist, pig-tied and writhing, cooing “chains and whips excite me.” It then cuts to her using a whip on men and women with mouths covered in duct tape.
Or where Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” can refer to violent sexual acts in a music video viewed on the web at least 36 million times?