How to talk to your child about sex


Dr Richard C. Woolfson

magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

People vary in their attitudes towards sex education for children as young as kindergarten age. Some argue that it simply encourages early sexual interest resulting in teenage promiscuity, while others argue it encourages a sensitive and sensible attitude towards sex.

Evidence from research doesn’t help clarify the position, so you will have to exercise your own judgement on this. However, what we do know from research is that:

YOU CAN’T HIDE FROM IT Even if children are not given sex education by their parents at home or by their teachers in school, they gain sexual information through other sources, typically older children who may themselves have a distorted perspective due to misunderstandings.

PARENTS AND TEACHERS ARE IMPORTANT

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