The answer is yes, you can! Granted, selflessness is not a topic students expect to hear when they take my Sex-Ed class, but I’ve found it to be quite effective once I break it down for them.
Teen Sex is as Selfishness Does
Every school year I introduce a new approach that becomes the focus for my classes. Last year it was selfishness vs selflessness.
As with tackling any new approach, there are a couple steps I take to introduce it:
- Define the Approach/Idea. I always like to begin with a definition that students can understand on their level.
“Selfish is when you make a decision that benefits you even though it hurts someone else.”
Sometimes even concepts that adults deem “simple” are anything but for teens, so I never assume they already know what I mean.
- Paint the picture. Let’s face it, when it comes to talking about teen sex there’s not a lot of “painting” required. Oh they get it!
But as you’ll see in the clip below, I do paint the picture of the selfishness of teen sex, especially given the very real possibility of a baby being conceived. Despite what some reality shows would have teens to believe, teen parenting is never ideal for the baby or the parents.