Sex Education For Kids
Should parents talk about sex with their kids from a young age?
By Hana Maher
You may not like the idea, but parents, it’s arguably imperative for you to have the ‘sex talk’ with your kids before society and culture do and, let’s be honest, the values taught by popular culture may not be in line with what most parents deemed appropriate. Coupled with the rapid advancement of technology that has made information easily attainable paired with the fact that sex is a natural part of life, there’s no telling when your child will first be exposed (or curious) to sex and sexuality.
According to AboutKidsHealth, it’s best to have the conversation with your kids at an early age – with age-appropriate information – and to continue the conversation as they mature. Sex education helps kids understand their bodies and sexuality better, whilst ensuring an open and honest conversation between parents and kids. This not only gives parents the opportunity to instil family values in their kids and ensure the right information is relayed to them (emphasis on the importance of consent), but it also encourages kids to be more open to speak about their adolescence struggles such as depression, drug and alcohol consumptions, relationships as well as sexual issues with their parents.
But what’s more important is to have both parents be involved in their kids’ sexual education. In fact, researches have indicated that fathers and mothers play a unique and essential role in their children’s sexual development, especially pertaining to same and opposite sex relationships. But beyond that, as kids age and mature, daughters might feel more comfortable conversing with their mothers as opposed to their fathers, while the sons might feel more comfortable asking certain questions to their fathers instead of their mothers.
And parents, know that it is a myth to think that educating your children about sexual education will eventually lead to them to crave for sex or become more sexually active. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had previously reported that a comprehensive sex education curriculum does not encourage an increase sexual activity, but instead, ensures that kids will have a better understanding of safe and protected sex, the risks and ‘consequences’ of sex and of their bodies and sexuality.
To top it all off, a Toronto-based sexuality educator also noted that sexual predators are more likely to target kids who have little to no understanding of sex or come from families that don’t discuss sexuality. Their insufficient knowledge and naivety give sexual predators a sense of security because these kids are far less likely to report sexual abuse to their parents or any adult for that matter. So parents, as awkward and painful as it may be, let’s start educating kids about the birds and bees for the sake of their health and safety!