In the article, Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, Judith Levine talks about American parents' anxiety and protection of their children on sexuality. Currently, one of most feared issue of parents is about sexuality of their child. As more stories are written and known, parents are scared in protection their child because they believe that what has been done in the past (such as not talking to stranger) is not sufficient to protect their children. Regardless of their fear of failure to protecting children, the author claims that chaoses of parents are largely misunderstood. For example, "the fear that children are having intercourse in middle school is largely unfounded", "rates of youthful activity are not galloping upward" as compared to parents' and grandparents' generations, and the pundits about the reasons and motives of children having sex "are, for the most part, guessing" (xxiv-xxvi). Levine also points out that today's children is different from what they were defined as in the past. Rather, they are may be "more like adults than they have been since they seventeenth century" (xxxi). At the end, the author states that sex is not harmful but a part of happiness in human life, and adults also entitle the pleasure of it to children.
If today's children are different (may be more like adults that the past), when is the appropriate time for parents to teach about sex and talk about children's sexuality? What are some risk factors by doing to at that age?
Are children able to understand or do they understand pleasure of having sex as the same as adults do?
Should adults encourage abstinence until marriage? Or should they tolerate and accept children's sexuality, and lead them to make right decision?