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Sex Education in School .... How Old Do You Think We Should Teach Our Kids

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I'm 51 n times have changed since i was growing up obviously ..the word Sex was never used between adult and kids and was rarely used or heard of until we was well into our teens but these days seems like parents are getting younger by the day even though their lots of ways to avoid pregnancy. If i asked my mum a question she would blush and say read a book and scurry away like a lil mouse but ive 2 children and have the belief if you get asked a question off your child you should sit them down and explain in a way you would feel comfortable and they would understand ... both my kids are in long term relationships my 23 yr old daughter has been married form the age of 18 and son is with his soon to be doctor girlfriend .. i instilled on them the meaning of safe sex from a young age .... give me your thoughts

jojowane67
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nicolajaynehend

I am a year younger then you. I was 13 years age. I was very lucky because my mum was a nurse. And she told me about the birds and the bees. And this all so was the age I was teched . It was a mixed class of girls and boys. Some times I did not know where to look. To days 13 years old are having sex and when they get to 14 years of age they have a baby. I think it should be told to 10 years old. My uncle and auntie to there girl at 10 years old and she under stand it. She now 15, and very bright. And she said she dose not want a boy friend. Not when they do that thing. But has she grows she will change her mine when the right one comes along

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SandyRhodes

I think children should be told at about 10 about the birds and the bees before going into secondary school. But i think it should be a lot lot younger when they get told that their private areas are private and as they grow teach them that no-one has the right to do anything without your consent & it is taught to both boys and girls. It is so important to have an open dialogue with these issues.

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jojowane67

Fab reply ... I agree totally I brought both my boy and girl up knowing if someone tried to touch them or ask them to touch them to scream it from the rooftops x I

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AgnesFaludi

9-10 years old, because some of the girls can get fertile as early and it should happen. It should be built in to the national curriculum and biology should cover it any ways, how can they not learn about their body? . Also extra classes can be added about it.

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jojowane67

Totally agree Agnes x

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MrsCraig

When I was in school, sex ed started in primary 7. I think that sex ed should be about more than just what it is and protection. It should include consent, it should teach about how no one should touch them inappropriately and how to recognise if someone is trying to do something inappropriate, it should also look at healthy relationships and they different sexual orientations. I am a teacher and whilst the body side of things is looked at in biology and we have PSE classes for the rest, I think it does need to be more indepth. My mum would never talk to you about sex, whether as my mother in law was very open about it with her children. My brother in law is 18 and from when he was about 12, she made sure he knew all about consent, protection etc. I think sex ed should start in maybe primary 5/6 and should start off with what a healthy relationship looks like and then progress onto how their bodies develop. However, I do also know that children learning about sex ed is a very personal thing for some parents and needs to be handled in a sensitive manner.

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jojowane67

Yea I agree a lot of parents think it's them that should explain no1 else but I think if when my daughter was growing up me and her didn't have the relationship we had she wouldn't of turned out the way she is today .. trouble is these days sex is made out just to be a thing for pleasure whereas when we was brought up with a few exceptions of course we was taught sex was the bonding of 2 people that's in love and for those 2 to be sexually active meant we love each other . I'm so glad my daughter is open and can ask me anything and also has the self respect to understand between being in a relationship and just putting it about .. if parents were more open and the schooling of our kids wasn't based on the English way (stiff upper lip and embarrassed about openly talking about sex.) I really believe our young girls getting pregnant younger youger the rate would drop x

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MrsCraig

The relationship between parents and children definitely makes a difference when talking about sex. I think that some parents might be worried about what their children might learn in sex ed class because they do not know what is in the curriculum. Maybe if they were made aware of what their children were learning each week, they wouldn't be as worried. When teaching the pupils we try to make sure that there is a balance and that they understand the complex feelings that can accompany sex and that whether it is in a relationship or not, protection is important and they should never do something they do not want to. I teach in Scotland so our sex ed courses might be different to the English system.

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jojowane67

Ty for it input x definitely on same level xx

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jojowane67

Great idea giving books n leaflets x

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RegularComper90

I am around half your age, but I have always considered myself as "being born in the wrong generation" and I think it should be up to the parents to give their kids' education on sex, as it is quite an intimate subject. Although it would be a good idea for the school to teach them the very basics. I would say once a child gets to preteen age (ages 10 to 12) is a good time to start.

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