To coincide with the broadcast of an episode of the family tomorrow night, SBS conducted an online survey that claims 1 in 5 Australian parents don’t believe it’s acceptable for young people to have sex before marriage.
The survey of 500 parents with children aged 0-34 still living at home, revealed that whilst 60% of Australian parents believe they should speak to their kids about the ‘birds and the bees’ between the ages of 10 and 12, 20% of parents believe their children should wait until they are married before having sex.
In tomorrow night’s episode of the family, 20-year-old David Cardamone is annoyed that he is forbidden from sleeping in the same room with his girlfriend Jess in the family home.
David Cardamone said: “Even though it is frustrating to not have the freedom I know other young guys my age in relationships enjoy while still living at home, I know that while I live under Mum and Dad’s roof I have to abide by their rules. What they say goes until I move out.
“As I have a great relationship with my parents and find I can talk to them about all topics including sex, I understand where they are coming from with the rules they enforce on me when Jess stays over. I also understand being the eldest that they make me an example for my brothers.”
Despite these pretty admirable thoughts, in tomorrow night’s episode Cardamone is far less polite about being banished from his own bed, because girlfriend Jess is staying over.
the family airs 8:30pm Thursday on SBS ONE.