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Relationship education - what's most important to learn about?

AifeAife LondonPosts: 2,331 Community Manager

Hey everyone,

The Mix recently teamed up with the relationship support charity OnePlusOne and carried out an online survey to seek views from young people and parents about relationship education in schools.

The survey results found that relationship education is seen as important by both young people and parents. Young people feel it's important to explore different types of relationships, not just romantic relationships and the impact these relationships can have on themselves.

Young people agreed that they want to learn about abusive relationships (84.0%), how relationships can affect mental health (78.7%) and how to get out of a bad relationship (76.9%), but not from their parents; whereas parents' preference is to be the first port of call for teaching their children about relationships.

Which of these areas do you feel is most important to learn about and why?

If you're interested, you can read more about the survey results here.
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  • peachysoopeachysoo Posts: 151 Boards Initiate
    Hi Aife,

    It's definitely important to learn about relationship education as a whole, I think, particularly on distinguishing healthy relationships from unhealthy ones, and what you can do or where you can get support if you need it. It's understandable and natural that parents want to be their child's first port of call to teach their children about relationships, but I think that, if their child isn't comfortable learning from them, and would rather learn from professionals visiting schools, for example, then I think that it's more important to respect the child's feelings and teach them in that way. I don't think I'd be as willing to listen or learn, or if I would be able to, if I didn't feel comfortable hearing about it from certain people.

    On another note, I think it's more preferable to be taught these things by professionals/people that have a plethora of knowledge, rather than your own parents, because your parents may have biased or closed views on topics, based on their own experiences. That's completely fine, but I think it's better to be taught about all, or at least most, the different possibilities and opinions, so that the child can be more open-minded about certain situations, and better able to decide what is best for them as an individual.

  • ShaunieShaunie Posts: 13,281 Born on Earth, Raised by The Mix
    I think it’s important to learn about abusive relationships and more specifically about grooming& manipulation. Cause that can be quite hard to tell and abuser are quite clever into getting to do what want and controlling. And get stuck. So also good to know how to get outa relationship. I actually learnt most of my sexual education with the. NSPCC (child abuse org) cause I didn’t learn it enough in schoool and my parents didn’t help and I was pretty vulnerable. I think it’s really important to be taught it so we aren’t as vulnerable. But don’t feel it is taught enough
  • Candlestick56Candlestick56 Posts: 90 The answer to life, the universe, and everything
    Hi Aife,

    I feel that all these areas are equally as important to learn about because they are interconnected. If you have a good understanding of what constitutes an abusive relationship then you are more likely to be able to recognise it when you are in one. Equally if you understand the impact a relationship can have on your emotional health, you are in a better position to recognise when a relationship might be contributing to mental health problems and then if you also learn the strategies for leaving a bad relationship, you will be able to empower yourself and take action.

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