Date
24 September 2017
Susan Fan (inset, left) said schools should consider starting sex education at lower school levels. Photos: HKEJ, FPAHK
Susan Fan (inset, left) said schools should consider starting sex education at lower school levels. Photos: HKEJ, FPAHK

More HK students watching porn, but sex knowledge down: survey

About 59 percent of male secondary school students and 33 percent of their female counterparts have watched or read pornographic materials, according to a recent survey by the Family Planning Association of Hong Kong (FPAHK).

The figures represent an increase of about 5 percentage points from the results of the previous edition of the survey in 2011, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

According to FPAHK’s Youth Sexuality Study 2016, a fifth of the male students who have come into contact with pornographic materials said they have done so more than 15 times in the previous month, hk01.com reported. The survey is conducted once every five years.

Susan Fan, the association’s executive director, said advances in technology have made it easier for young people to access pornographic content, Sing Tao Daily reported.

While acknowledging that there appears to be no direct causal relationship between watching pornographic materials and sexual behavior, Fan said the findings should raise concerns.

She suggested that schools should consider starting sex education at lower school levels not only to cover correct factual information but also to cultivate positive attitudes and values.

The survey found that 6 to 7 percent of secondary three to secondary six students have had sexual experience, down from 8 to 14 percent in the 2011 edition of the survey.

It also found that junior secondary school students have little knowledge about pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The Form 3 to Form 6 students scored an average of eight correct answers out of 12 key questions about sexual knowledge, down from nine in 2011.

The average score of Form 1 to Form 2 students, already unsatisfactory at six in 2011, further dropped to 5 in the latest survey.

The survey was conducted between September and December 2016 through questionnaires and random home interviews.

There were 3,907 respondents who were secondary one to six students, as well as 1,239 respondents aged between 18 and 27.

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