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Students told of 101 fun things to do instead of having sex

STUDENTS at a Sunshine Coast private school are being taught to consider baking a cake instead of having sex and urged to take a vow of abstinence.

Caloundra Christian College students were given a pamphlet titled "101 Things to Do Instead of Doing It" as part of sexual education classes.

The classes, which were given to students in Years 8 through to Year 12, were delivered by Toowoomba-based group Straight Talk Australia.

Material given to the students urged teenagers to consider other activities such as walking the dog and watching TV as alternatives to sex.

Straight Talk Australia founder Jim Lyons said the vow of abstinence was optional and he made no apologies for the group's hardline approach to pre-marital sex.

He said students were taught about safe sex in the group's program but emphasised that condoms were not foolproof in the defence against sexually trans mitted diseases.

He said the only guaranteed protection against STDs and pregnancy was to adopt the biblical view of sex and to abstain until marriage.

Caloundra Christian College did not return the Daily's calls.

Straight Talk Australia, founded in 1998, has delivered talks to more than 100,000 students. Its website carries an endorsement from Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson.

In Queensland, individual school boards determine sex education curriculums at private schools. In public schools, Education Queensland provides schools with a resource list and schools determine sex-education programs in consultation with the community.

Peak sexual education body Healthy Communities said it advocated a rounded approach to sexual education.

Healthy Communities executive director Paul Martin said teaching children abstinence in isolation was dangerous.

"If and when they decide to become sexually active, they have no skills and information to respond," he said.

"They do need education so that if sex does happen, they can be safe and fully responsible.

"People need that within the discussion. Discussing abstinence is fine as long as it's besides a discussion about safe sex."

Is abstinence a fair option to present in sex education?

This poll ended on 20 July 2013.

Current Results

Of course - Lots of people don't have sex until they're married

24%

Probably - Pre-marital sex shouldn't be the only option presented

19%

I don't really think so - It's not a realistic option

24%

Definitely not - sex is natural and should be enjoyed

31%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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