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Young people need to be given "the confidence to say no" by being taught about sexual consent at school, a sexual health charity has said.
Spokeswoman for Terrence Higgins Trust, Daisy Ellis, said youngsters need "more than a biology lesson" and deserved more than relying on friends or the internet for advice.
This survey reinforces what we have been saying for some time; that young people need more than a biology lesson.
They need to be given an understanding of both sex and relationships, including the confidence to say no.
Statutory SRE (sex and relationship education) is the best way to ensure all young people receive age-appropriate information about sex and relationships.
They deserve more than being left to accept what their mates are telling them or whatever they dredge up on the internet.
The quality of sex education is "a lottery" with some pupils not taught vital information about boundaries, according to experts.
Sex Education Forum co-ordinator, Lucy Emmerson, said teaching was too "theoretical" and failed to deliver "real-life practicalities".
This survey confirms that the quality of sex education children receive is a lottery.
Young people are telling us very clearly that teaching is often too theoretical and fails to deal with the real-life practicalities of getting help and advice or building the skills for pleasurable, equal and safe relationships.
Learning about consent is integral to good quality sex and relationships education and every school should have a planned programme which includes content on bodily boundaries, gender and power, caring for one another, feelings and emotions and how to get help and advice.
Education on sexual consent is "woefully lacking" in schools after it emerged that 30% of youngsters are not taught about saying 'yes' or 'no' to sex, according to a new survey.
Research from the Sex Education Forum found three in 10 children had not been taught about consent, which it claimed was "integral" to a good sex education.
Its poll of almost 900 children and young people found that 43% said they had not been taught what constitutes a "good or bad" relationship.
The survey also found that one in three were unsure where they could get help if they were sexually assaulted.
The Prime Minister has admitted he is still "grappling" with how to talk with his own children about the dangers of internet porn, saying:
We have all got to get involved because of the internet. We all have to learn more about the internet, the dangers of the internet, the issue of access for children.
We are all going to have to ask ourselves questions about what it is OK for children to access and when. I am grappling with this myself.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said sex education in schools must be adapted to address online pornography and called on all parents to learn how to protect their children at home.
Mr Cameron said he agreed with his Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that "wholesale reform" of the curriculum was not required, but said: "We need to make sure we are up to date on the problems of the internet. ... We should be alert to those points and make those changes."
He said the issues concerned parents and school teachers alike, adding: "We are all going to have to get better at understanding all these issues around parental controls."