Sex education for 4 year olds?

Family Planning Victoria thinks that children as young as 4 year olds should be made to attend sex education in schools. In the newspapers, they are quoted as saying it will help with the children avoid pregnancy, sexual diseases and image problems. I can understand about the image problems, but pregnancy?!?

Its bad enough that shops are selling sexy looking clothes for children, such as bras for 5 year olds, and the latest installation of Arts Monthly for a semi naked child. What’s next? A production of Full Monty for Children?

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Herald Sun’s “Family Planning Victoria call for sex education rapped

2 Comments so far

  1. adrock2xander (mel_john) on July 11th, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    The clear distinction between the male and female anatomy, or even sexual reproduction organs, or sexual desires does not even figure on a 4yo’s radar. It makes more sense for sex education to be made compulsory from the age of 8/9, where the curiosity and physical differences are beginning to tell. It’s a great step by the organisation, but they might be jumping the gun here. I was still catching worms and frogs at the age of 10, let alone bothering about sex!


  2. cazza on July 15th, 2008 @ 4:59 pm

    I remember having "sex education" every year through primary school (this is in Canada). Our parents always had to sign a form saying we were allowed to participate.

    But in kindergarten (age 4/5) our "sex education" was about hatching chickens and ducks from eggs in incubators in our classroom. In grade 1 I think we visited a farm in the spring and got to see baby lambs and cows and learn that they drank their mothers milk. It was all harmless, but still considered part of the ‘sex ed’ curriculum.

    It wasn’t until grade 4 and upwards when we actually started learning about body parts, puberty and sex etc.

    This is how I think it should remain. Grade 4 (8/9) was the perfect age to learn this stuff. You were curious and aware but hadn’t already learned all the facts from rumors/friends/older siblings etc.



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