Parenting - Sex Education | 5-18 yrs

Comprehensive Sexuality Education

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Sex is normal and sexuality is God-given. Your pre-teen needs to know this because sex is a central aspect of human life.

Adolescence is complicated enough without the mandatory, but useless, sex education classes. Sex education needs to be sensitive to a multitude of issues regarding sexuality. Incomplete, impractical and prejudiced teaching creates fear and anxiety. It seems silly that schools have no open conversations about sex despite the extreme exposure that media gives it. Your child’s right decisions with regard to sex rest on correct information, right attitudes and developed skills.

According to Youth Ki Awaaz, “People, and not just children, need to understand that sexuality has nothing to do with a person’s honour.” The state of sexuality education in India varies between private and mainstream schools. Teachers too need to learn about sexuality education. Separate sex ed books are available for teachers and students. Yet, there are a lot more issues that need serious attention.

What can the internet teach your child about sex? How can adolescent romance be discussed in classroom? What do some college students have to say about sex ed? What does your child know about menstruation, sexual orientation, sexual pleasure and sexual identity? Are his thoughts on the LGBT community healthy? What does the law have to say about issues like the minimal age for consensual sex, marital rape, protection of children from sexual offences, etc.? What is the role of the community in protecting a child from sexual violence?

This ClipBook will help you to be an informed parent and make suggestions to your child’s school regarding this very important matter.

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