Why are we so scared of kids having sex education?

Almara Abgarian standing in front of a brick wall (head and shoulders only)

Almara thinks imposing age limits on sex education is a dangerous move (Picture: Rachel Adams)

The government is cracking down on sex education and we should all be very worried.

Last year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vowed to ‘protect our kids from radical sex education’ and with new guidelines set to be released today, it appears he is making good on his promise.

Leaks from Government sources suggest that the new guidelines will impose age limits on what children in England can learn – with no form of sex education whatsoever until they reach Year 5.

The ban reportedly also includes teachers not being allowed to discuss crucial matters such as gender identity, contraception, sexually transmitted infections or abortion until pupils are aged 13 and up.

I for one think this is a dangerous and reckless move.

As a journalist who specialises in writing about sex, I know just how divisive this topic can be, especially when children are involved in the discussion. 

Parents are rightfully trying to look out for their little ones but I also know just how damaging it can be when we restrict access to information.

Since politicians are focusing far too much on the sex and not enough on the education, allow me to assist.

Firstly, sex education isn’t just about sex – especially when teaching younger students. 

Take body image, as an example. Girls can start puberty from the age of eight (for boys, this tends to happen slightly later), meaning that their bodies may begin to change without them understanding why. 

This isn’t just a physical change; they are bombarded with messages from the world around them about how they ‘should’ look and will compare themselves to their friends.

It’s up to us to explain that every shape deserves the same amount of love and respect.

Limiting information on STIs or consent until age 13 is far too late, in Almara’s view (Picture: Rachel Adams )

Research has also shown that not teaching children the correct phrases for their body parts – vagina, vulva, penis – can impact them negatively or make them feel ashamed.

Junk, lady garden, beaver, muff, wang; all of these slang words are a result of the stigma surrounding using the actual names for our genitalia.

It has also been reported that children knowing the correct names for their body parts can do as much as help protect them from sexual predators and be useful if they experience health issues in those areas. 

So preventing children from having easy access to this information feels irresponsible. 

So do the government’s reported proposals that no information be given on STIs or consent until age 13. 

This is far too late in the game in my view. 

What age do you think sex education should start? Have your say in the comments belowComment Now

Teaching kids how to have safe sex is not the same as telling them to have sex. Giving them the tools to navigate such situations, should they arise, is a responsible act – not a frivolous one.

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Source:: Metro


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