Public school students as young as 12 years old in Fairfax County, Virginia, will be asked some very personal questions — about their sex life, dating life, home life, and more — on a voluntary survey sponsored by the county’s government and school district, WJLA-TV reported.
What are the details?
Students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades can participate anonymously in the 2021 Fairfax County Youth Survey, which begins by asking students their age, whether they are male, female, or transgender, as well as their sexual orientation, race, and experiences at school, the station said.
The survey also asks how students spend their time after school as well as questions about their home life, bullying, feelings over the past 12 months, and how often they use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, WJLA reported.
Sexual behavior questions
The survey also asks students about their sexual behavior, the station said, including questions such as:
- Have you ever had sexual intercourse?
- How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?
- During your life, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse?
- During the past three months, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse?
- Have you ever had oral sex?
Here’s the survey:
Not the first time
WJLA said this isn’t the first county-sponsored survey for students, adding that last year’s youth survey found that 20% of FCPS students ages 13-18 vape. The 2019 survey found 37% of students reported high levels of stress, and 28% felt sad or hopeless for two or more weeks in a row, the station added.
Fairfax County has indicated that the survey results provide a snapshot of the county’s youth and gauge the community’s effectiveness in terms of encouraging healthy choices in young people, WJLA said.
The county also is offering a survey to sixth-graders that asks students about bullying, their recent emotions, and how often they’ve moved, Fox News said.
WJLA said it tried multiple times Monday to ask the county and school district how the questions were developed and how the data will be used, adding that it will update the story when details become available.
Fairfax County Public Schools has been in the news quite a bit this year: