Sexuality: lack of information at school, teens search the internet

Since 2001, the law states that “information and education on sexuality is provided in schools, colleges and institutes at a rate of at least three annual sessions.” However, this obligation “does not apply at all”, according to a recent poll by the feminist group #NousToutes.

Knowing about contraception, pleasure, or intimacy .

Before the Third, we didn’t talk about it at all “, testifies Louise, 15, in Second in the Lot-et-Garonne.” This year, the nurses have come to class “, But” I think it should be done sooner “she thinks,” some had preconceived notions “.

“Teachers are not trained”

Since 2001, the law states that ” Sexuality information and education is provided in schools, colleges and institutes at a rate of at least three sessions per year. “.

However, according to a poll conducted by the feminist group #NousToutes to more than 10,000 people, published earlier this year, this obligation “does not apply at all.” Respondents say they have benefited on average only 13% »The number of scheduled sessions, that is, 2.7 instead of 21 for schooling as a whole.

No slots scheduled “i” teachers are not trained “explains Diane Richard, a member of the collective, for whom the courses are for” very biology oriented »And few to« emotional relationships “.

In fact, these interventions are often reduced to SVT (Life and Earth Sciences) teachers, school nurses, family planning workers, or other associations.

But the equation is difficult. ” We have less and less institutionalized time “To talk about it in parallel with the programs,” laments David Boudeau, president of the APBG (Association of Biology-Geology Teachers) and professor of SVT.

The same story by the nurses. ” Young people really need access to simple, reassuring health education “said Saphia Guereschi, general secretary of Snics-FSU, the majority union of school nurses.” Talking about your own sexuality or your parents’ questions is very difficult. »

“The pleasure of the gentlemen”

How to flirt? What are the signs of sexual pleasure? Difficult questions to verbalize. For 16-year-old Syrine, a high school student in the Paris region, who gets information mainly through her reading. ” it’s natural, I don’t see why we would make it taboo “.

To find answers, most teens browse the Internet on their smartphones, consult health professionals, and partner. Forums, specialized sites, or Instagram accounts like ” you have enjoyed »And« I don’t care about my clitoris »: the resources are many, of different quality.

Result, ” teenagers are very knowledgeable but not always well informed, it needs to be resolved “Says Sarah Durocher, co-chair of Family Planning who works in 3,000 establishments a year.

Boys and girls also resort to pornography, which is easily accessible on the Internet, although the penal code prohibits exposing minors to such images. Léa, 20, recalls that “ already a lot of college students resorted to porn, conveying the idea of ​​sexuality focused solely on the pleasure of the lords “.

For clinical psychologist Béatrice Copper-Royer, pornography sends a view to adolescents ” very reducing “sexuality”, based on performance and the submission of women. The feminist association En Avant Tout (s) makes a similar observation. ” Because there are no benchmarks or models of healthy sexuality, young people do not know what is normal or not. “, describes her spokeswoman Louise Delavier.

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