Most Chinese youth choose Internet for sex education

14:15, August 04, 2010      

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Recently, a girl posted an article to introduce the experiences and points for attention on unplanned pregnancies on the Internet. The post quickly became popular and was called the "textbook version of an emergency manual after pregnancy" by netizens. Some people sighed and wondered why so many youths do not know how to protect themselves to prevent such things from happening.

A survey shows that about 73 percent of Chinese young people had met sexual difficulties. Regarding effective channels to understand "sexual knowledge," 79 percent chose the Internet; nearly 73 percent chose books; 56 percent chose their companions and 47 percent chose newspapers, television and other media. Schools and parents were their last choice, accounting for 32 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

Last week, the Social Investigation Center of China Youth Daily conducted the survey on 3,032 respondents through the Web site www.minyi.net.cn.

Among the respondents, 39 percent were born in the 1970s, 37 percent born in the 1980s and 12 percent born in 1960s.

"There are very few formal channels of sexual education, therefore many young people will find answers on the Internet," said Ye Qing, a graduate student at the Second Military Medical University.

She has been the moderator of the "young people sexual education forum" and met many young boys and girls aged 14 or 15 years.

She found that some had a serious lack of sexual knowledge and they do not know how to protect themselves, indulging in online dating and pornographic Web sites.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:叶欣)

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