Quite a number of kids, especially girls get abused at very tender ages. This would obviously not be their fault, but who or what will take responsibility for giving that occurrence a chance? We can trace this to lack of quality communication between parents and their children. Quality communication is split in two levels. First is, time; some parents don’t have time to have a relaxed conversation with their kids all day and all week long. The second is quality; parents don’t talk about what needs the most attention! Children do not want you to just buy them gifts, they want to talk! They want to talk about a lot of things and talk about them freely! There are topics you cannot wave as a parent if you want the best for your children. Of this set of topics, we have Sex Education.
What is sex education?
This is basically, giving information and instruction on sex related topics to a younger persons. These topics include sexual intercourse, sexual anatomy of humans, age of consent, reproductive rights, birth control, safe sex, rape and abstinence form sex at early age. In clearer terms, this is telling your child all there is to know about sex early enough and also giving them advice on their sexual activities.
Two majorly misconstrued things about Sex Education are; why Sex Education should be done, and when it should be done. These two will be addressed in this article, aiming to guide parents to secure the dignity of their children.
Below is a short guide to what a child should know about Sex Education and at what age.
- 0 – 2 years: Parts of the body, including sex organs.
- 2 – 5 years: Private parts and parts that others can touch. They should also know that a man and woman makes babies together but the woman carries it in her belly for nine months before birth.
- 5 – 8 years: They should know some people are straight and some are not. They should know that this is only a role in relationships. They should learn of nudity and privacy for themselves and others. Since they are closing in on puberty, they should be taught about it. They should be allowed to know more about sexual intercourse at the close of this period as they knock on puberty’s door.
- 9 – 12: They can begin to learn of contraception and safe sex. They should be taught what makes a relationship good or bad. They should also be taught to censor the content of television media and movies depicting sexual scenes; and also to determine its appropriateness of such depiction.
- 13 – 18: At this age range, kids may begin to get private. There will be no fear if they have already been taught the necessary thing before this age. They must at this point be allowed to know all there is and their question must be answered calmly and very clearly. It is a very sensitive age.
One must know what to tell which kid, because the wrong information may lead to the avoided circumstances. Sex education is as important as any other education there is.