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I believe it encorages children to lie to their parent, which in turn puts strains on the relationships. and distrust between the parent and the child.. I understand some children do not have great relations with their parents, but i would worry so about those children and moms and dad who have established great repore with their kids but then may be encouraged to go behind that parent to do this just because maybe their friend has, I have seen this happen and it scares me. I do see the other side also, but if my child wanted Birth control then that should have been a decision we made together.
You know I could agree with condoms, but not pills and not without my knowledge still. It just bothers me, and I would take my child in myself if that were brought to my attention by my child or another person! My children have never had any reason to feel that they could not ask themselves We were always very open with them and fair!
Sometimes its not about trust, most people find it easier to talk to a stranger about problems rather than their parents or close friends.
Birth control advice should NOT come from the parents but from a doctor or professional advisor. They have the welfare of the child at heart and should be unbiased whereas the parents are not.
Parents should NOT be automatically informed about their child's choice of contraception unless the child decides. That to me is a major breach of trust otherwise.
Teenage sex is not a new phenomena and neither is it "bad". Its the modern look down society of religion and media that classes it that way. Sex ain't the problem it's the unwanted and yet stoppable teenage pregnancies that cause the problem. Children get taught at school about Shakespeare and "Romeo and Juliette" and yet how old were they? Should the book be banned from school for encouraging teenage sex?
I didn't say parents don't have their child's welfare at heart only that the parents can be very biased and decisions can be based on their own personal feelings and not necessarily on what is best.
I have know a number of parents who love their children but will not let them use contraceptives because of their own religious beliefs, to them "abstinence" is the only way. To me that is about forcing their own will over the child.