Just read a discussion about this article in The Telegraph over on NetMums and had to add it to my blog as it’s so interesting following my article from yesterday on how to reduce teenage pregnancies in the UK.
Alexandra Williams reports that “the ‘Hotshot’ condom has been produced after government research showed 12 – 14 year olds do not have sufficient protection when having sex.”
Emily on NetMums says “Personally, I think it just gives out the message it’s ok for them to have sex.”
Tracey adds “ok – im in fear of being shot down here BUT the uk currently have the most prudish approach to sex education and the highest teen pregnancy rates outside of the usa. I did a study on teenage pregnancy and the epidimiology speaks for itself really. Switzerland has the 3rd lowest teen pregnancy rate in the world and a teen pregnancy rate of aprox 7 in 1000 where as the uk has aprox 30 in a 1000.”
Emma says “I hope along with these condoms for sale, there is extra attention advertised alongside them, to the fact they are not 100% protective against pregnancy and disease. If these are available then what is going to become available for girls to take as protection? Having sex at 12 is illegal, and if they these extra small condoms are available to 12 year olds, then whoever sells them are they breaking the law? And if underage 12 year olds can buy them, what is to say a 7-8-9-10 etc year old can’t?? where do you draw the line when they are all classed as underage?”
Read the whole discussion over on Netmums – the local parenting network