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post #1 of 23
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Last night as I was driving home I caught a news story on NPR. Cleveland City schools are thinking about starting sex education for first graders. IMO this is the best time to start teaching little girls and boys how to respect their bodies. It has the potential of cutting down on teen pregnancy and STDs. What do you think, is five to young to start sex ed?
post #2 of 23
I think sex education needs to start young but it needs to be done tastefully. I think middle school it too late but i think 5 is a little young. maybe 8 or 10.
post #3 of 23
I started teaching my daughter about good touch/bad touch as young as 4 years old.

With the loonies that are out there in this world - and what is shown on TV on a regular basis, I think it should be as young as they have the ability to comprehend and learn. Obviously, it should be taught at their age level.

I think it's a good idea, personally.
post #4 of 23
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I started teaching my daughter about good touch/bad touch as young as 4 years old.

Good touch bad touch is a great thing for a small child to learn! But I think the more adult stuff needs to be held off on until they are a little older and can understand it a little better.
post #5 of 23
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Good touch bad touch is a great thing for a small child to learn! But I think the more adult stuff needs to be held off on until they are a little older and can understand it a little better.
I should say this about it too. I don't believe that the program is going to get too graphic with the younger ones. I didn't hear the whole story though, but I can imagine that it would be showing the difference between boys and girls and stop there.

Here are some news articles.
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...011/1056/COL02
http://www.examiner.com/a-353289~Cle...dergarten.html
post #6 of 23
I think the term sex ed. is misleading...The information that you give a 5 year old about their bodies is different than sex. ed topics you would discuss with a 15 year old.

I think it's a great idea for every child to be taught "real" things about their bodies and the correct names for body parts and their purposes as soon as they are out of the womb.

It shouldn't be a "talk" given by an expert. This kind of conversation should be a part of regular conversation whenever the topic comes up.

Hopefully it will stop those parents from teaching their child that body parts are called "wee wees" and "muffins". Good grief.
There is a real problem in our society with what is and isn't taboo and sexuality and our bodies has for long been "too taboo" and "secret" and "forbidden". This is what creates teen pregnancy and shameful thoughts about sex.
post #7 of 23
My mum teaches 4-6 y/os and a light version of sex-ed has been the norm for a few years now (she teaches in the UK).

It is mostly to teach them about parts of their bodies, inappropriate touching, and the difference in the way body parts work etc.

If you think that there are some children in her school who start their periods as young as 7 y/o it is important to understand their bodies that early
post #8 of 23
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My mum teaches 4-6 y/os and a light version of sex-ed has been the norm for a few years now (she teaches in the UK).

It is mostly to teach them about parts of their bodies, inappropriate touching, and the difference in the way body parts work etc.

If you think that there are some children in her school who start their periods as young as 7 y/o it is important to understand their bodies that early
I agree! You know now that I am thinking about this I do remember the "good touch bad touch" talk at school. I know I was in PreSchool when this happened. The funny part to it was that right after I had that lesson I was mauled by a dog, and had to have surgery to reconstruct my face. The nurse kept trying to take off my underwear and all I did was scream "I DON'T KNOW YOU! I DON'T KNOW YOU!"
The whole hospital heard it. I feel so bad for that nurse.
post #9 of 23
I remember watching a little movie that showed the idea of "good touch, bad touch". I was young, but I can't remember what grade I was in. I think they used puppets though

My mother never really discussed anything with me. She had one talk with me about my period when I was about 12 or so. I felt extremely uncomfortable, and had the impression it would be a huge deal when it came. I don't think she meant to come across that way, but I felt so uncomfortable about it that when it did start, I hid it from her for well over a year! I was too embarrassed to buy my "supplies" myself, so when I needed them I forked my allowance over to my best friend and we snuck to the store before school. I would wait outside the store while she went in. It seems funny looking back on it now, but it was terrible when I was young! I think I finally told her about it when I got tired of spending my allowance on the stuff
post #10 of 23
Kids are going to learn about it one way or another at around that age. Think about it - playing doctor? That isn't held off until they are 8-10 years old. I remember hearing my first sex joke when I was in first grade, at recess. I didn't really understand the mechanics of the joke, but I knew it was about sex. Better that they learn about it in the classroom than on the playground where all kinds of strange misinformation is passed along as truth.
post #11 of 23
I think teaching them that others are NOT to touch their bodies should be started at an early age around 4-5.But for the nitty gritty of sex,10 would be good age.Kids any earlier than that, don't comprehend what a ovary,uterus,and etc is.They understand a man and a woman get together to make a baby,but NOT the legistics of it.
I have always been VERY open with my kids about sex.But as I said, there is an age that is TOO young to be told some of it.
My 16 DD can come to me and ask me ANYTHING,and know that I will tell her straight up what it is.If they don't learn from us, who will they learn from?
post #12 of 23
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I agree! You know now that I am thinking about this I do remember the "good touch bad touch" talk at school. I know I was in PreSchool when this happened. The funny part to it was that right after I had that lesson I was mauled by a dog, and had to have surgery to reconstruct my face. The nurse kept trying to take off my underwear and all I did was scream "I DON'T KNOW YOU! I DON'T KNOW YOU!"
The whole hospital heard it. I feel so bad for that nurse.
You did the right thing. A bit out of context, but always better safe than sorry.
post #13 of 23
ANY teacher that teaches my child anything like that will be in BIG trouble with me. It is not their place to teach my child that. It is MY place and ONLY my place, IMO.
post #14 of 23
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ANY teacher that teaches my child anything like that will be in BIG trouble with me. It is not their place to teach my child that. It is MY place and ONLY my place, IMO.
I understand your point of view, but how are teachers/school boards supposed to know whether kids are getting the proper guidance at home? Yesterday, a 19-year-old student brought in her birthday gift from her grandmother to show everybody - it was a "Sex Ed" book that was far too "uninformative" for my 13-year-old niece and 12-year-old nephew. My student, according to her own info, has been sexually active since she was 13. The other kids had a big laugh about the book. A 15-year-old German girl was sentenced to 3 1/2 years of prison today for smothering her newborn. Obviously, I'd rather see kids taught how to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Many girls are "sexually mature", meaning get their first periods, at 9 or 10 years of age nowadays.
post #15 of 23
I feel parents should be informed in advance.
post #16 of 23
I think that we need to get over the whole puritanical/prude thing in this country. The only way to do that is to be candid and truthful about our bodies and our sexuality...all the time. When we add it in at age 12 or so, which is already the most akward age ever, words like sex and penis and vagina become "gross" and "icky" and "dirty" and, god forbid, "crude". In reality, they're facts of life. Nothing to be ashamed of.

Personally, I don't think we'll ever be able to talk to teens about responsible sexuality and responsible choices and have it stick until we jump that hurdle. I think it's all a matter of being really honest with ourselves and what are bodies do. It's really not necessary to brush it under the rug all the time.
post #17 of 23
IMO, it is a good thing. Growing up in the country, I saw at an early age how chickens, cats, cattle and horses reproduced, but surprisingly enough, didn't realize that humans acted the same way - just never thought about it. But when I did make the connection, it all made sense, and contributed greatly to my understanding of childbirth, too.
I am glad that CBLV can teach her own children about sex, but many parents, unfortunately, either cant or wont be that involved with their children. And when that happens, it's a good thing that the community can get involved. We care about ALL our children, not just those connected by DNA.
post #18 of 23
I think sex education should be taught at about 8/9, I got my period when i was 10, and already wanted to go and kissing boys, by the time i was 13, i was very curious and made mistakes.
But who is going to tell me about these mistakes? The only resource i had was the internet.

What i had learnt in primary school was about babies,sperms and periods but not the whole concept. In highschool (year 7) we only learned that we should use condoms and STDS but by that stage it was already too late, some girls are already sexually active with 12.

Not all mothers will tlak about sex, my mother didnt, and alot of other mothers havent too.
So i think its good that they learn it from school!
post #19 of 23
I think it is a very sad state of affairs when a 12-year old is sexually active, she is still a child for heavens sakes.
post #20 of 23
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I think it is a very sad state of affairs when a 12-year old is sexually active, she is still a child for heavens sakes.
I know, and that's why it's so important to try to educate young girls. The more they know the less likely they are to have sex at that age.
post #21 of 23
It would depend on how they present it, but if they use a program I'm thinking of, it could work just fine.
post #22 of 23
My co-workers son was taught about it in the first grade. This was a long time ago, he would be in his early 40s. They were living on an American military base I believe in Germany at the time. The thing was, they didn't know he was being taught it! So one day they were just driving along past a field and he suddenly exclaims "Did you see that bull shoot that sperm in that cow!?!' My co-worker about passed out!

I think there are benefits to learning a certain amount. That kind of education should be gradually taught I think.
post #23 of 23
When I was in grade one, my teacher (mrs. duffy) had to teach us proper names of "private parts" and information pertaining to a unit on personal space and about strangers and what you should do it anyone touched you inappropriately and stuff like that.

I personally think it is great. What is wrong with a teacher or someone who is responsible for a child's well being (mentally, physically etc.) actually taking the time to teach the need to know basics.

IN my opinion, if they don't get it from a reliabe source, then they will get from an unreliable source, like a friend or t.v. etc, which we all know these days oozes with sex and other things of that nature.

I use the medical terms with my 3 year old son and I would be happy to have him be educated from as early as possible by reliable sources ie. teachers because of all the other crap that is out there.
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