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to be a bit surprised that 11 year olds had school lesson involving putting a condom on a banana?

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Mintyy Mon 12-Nov-12 22:29:50

So this is a Year 7 class in a local academy.

Aibu to think that they are still a wee bit too young for this?

Felicitywascold Mon 12-Nov-12 22:30:28

Statistics prove otherwise I'm afraid.

OhBuggerandArse Mon 12-Nov-12 22:31:15

More appetising than a courgette, I imagine.

ravenAK Mon 12-Nov-12 22:31:32

I'm surprised too - horse carrots are cheaper & less bendy; we always use them.

CaptainBarnaclesDaddyman Mon 12-Nov-12 22:31:35

My school did that and I wasn't responsible for any teen pregnancies. Go figure.

picnicbasketcase Mon 12-Nov-12 22:32:06

A bit surprising perhaps but not shocking.

Mintyy Mon 12-Nov-12 22:32:16

What statistics are those Felicity?

sausagesandwich34 Mon 12-Nov-12 22:33:49

I would have no issue with my 11 year old doing it at school

putting a condom on a banana that is, not doing it, I would be most upset!

Considering a lot of my peers were sexually active by the end of year 8, I'm not surprised that they teach them in year 7!

Portofino Mon 12-Nov-12 22:36:57

I went to a naice grammar school and my class mates were having sex aged 12/13. Not all of them - but some of them, and this was 30 years ago, It is entirely appropriate I am afraid.

FredFredGeorge Mon 12-Nov-12 22:38:25

Even if the majority were too young (not that I think they are) it's surely a good idea to teach them before, rather than after?

So YABU for thinking it's too young, plenty interested at 11.
and YABU for thinking it's inappropriate even if they weren't overly interested.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Mon 12-Nov-12 22:39:19

Oh dear. I don't want it to be, but I can believe it is necessary.

No mensh of condoms and bananas as year from my year 7

Bobyan Mon 12-Nov-12 22:39:31

What would you rather they did instead?

socharlotte Mon 12-Nov-12 22:41:03

I would certainly have a BIG issue with it.They are 5 years under the age of consent.

CaptainBarnaclesDaddyman Mon 12-Nov-12 22:42:03

Yes because no one has ever broken the law socharlotte

sausagesandwich34 Mon 12-Nov-12 22:43:13

do you honestly think that we schouldn't teach them about safe sex until theya re 16????

ridiculous

JennyPiccolo Mon 12-Nov-12 22:44:31

There are no laws about learning about sex. Not yet, anywayhmm

Portofino Mon 12-Nov-12 22:44:36

Yes - would you rather your child had the approproiate knowledge or pretend that they will not have sex til they are in their 20s and married...? ffs

whathasthecatdonenow Mon 12-Nov-12 22:44:56

Odd that they used a banana. We have a plastic penis for this.

GhostShip Mon 12-Nov-12 22:45:08

Socharlotte slightly missing the point there.

They need to be educated before that. Lots of children are losing their Virginia before 16, and whilst its not good, it's better to educate them in safe sex rather than pretend its not happening.

aufaniae Mon 12-Nov-12 22:45:44

socharlotte yup.

But when I was at school I knew 12 year olds who were having sex. (Waited till 14 myself. My parents had no idea.).

Basic advice on protecting yourself needs to start before they become sexually active, don't you think?

marriedinwhite Mon 12-Nov-12 22:46:35

They certainly should be taught about safe sex - at home preferably. If they are going to teach how to put a condom on a banana at school I hope they would write to me so I can discuss it with the children first and make sure they realise it needs to go on a penis and not a banana

giraffesCantLightFireworks Mon 12-Nov-12 22:48:04

I think it is good if they have all the knowledge.

I work with children and young people in my 2nd job and the myths and questions they have about sex/contraception/pregnancy is shocking.

Only4theOlympics Mon 12-Nov-12 22:48:12

I know personally a girl who had a baby very shortly after her 13th birthday.

Sex education is vital. That includes having the self esteem to say NO and how to be safe if you say yes.

motherinferior Mon 12-Nov-12 22:49:45

Wouldn't the banana squash? Although I suppose it would teach them to treat the banana with respect and a gentle hand.

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