Sex education for children

When you think of sex education for children, you usually think of what they learn at school about the birds and the bees. Where babies come from, what parts of their body do, etc. I think what is more important now a days is to educate your children about what isn’t consensual sex.

Recently in the media there have been several reports of rapes occurring in India. I’m sure you’ve also heard of some of the bigger cases in the West where children were abducted, held hostage and repeatedly raped. Now, while I am not one to jump on the fear based living bandwagon, I do think it is important for us to keep our children safe. And this is often just alerting them to potential danger, what is not okay and how to handle the situation if it arises. In the last few days I’ve seen lots of blog posts and articles about girls coming forth having been touched or abused in India and quite frankly it sickens me. When I was young and visiting India, I had random men (twice) pinch my bottom on the road and then run off. But I immediately told the adult with me and was moved away from the area. Perhaps if these girls were educated at a young age, they would have had the courage to stand up and say something. You can read these here:

http://sahajapatel.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/its-a-baby-girl/

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1025074

So how can we try and stop this from happening? I don’t think we can change the mind set of men (or women) who believe that it is okay to touch a child but I do think we can educate our children to recognise when something is wrong. I came across this video which I think explains quite clearly what isn’t okay.

Another great movement is by the Council of Europe who encourage you to teach your kids “the underwear rule” and they are backed by the NSPCC.

So parents, please sit down with your child and take the time to teach them and educate them. We can’t change what has happened in the past but we can educate our children to prevent it happening to them in the future.

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4 thoughts on “Sex education for children

  1. Well said:) and I quite agree. There was an Indian talk show where there got experts to explain how parents can explain to their child(ren) which area is a no touch zone for anyone including aunts, uncles, grandparents. I say this because in India especially abuse can come from loved ones and kids at such young age don’t know or realize that it’s wrong. 3 main areas like chest, below your tummy front and your back (bum) can only be touched/checked by mother n father only. It was a really good education for many parents. Also, I know and understand in the west it’s not as much but on this side – abuse can come from home itself from loved ones. Another every important thing was to listen to your kid when he/she tells you that ‘my uncle/aunt was touching me in 1 or more of the 3 areas’. Listen and take action so your child knows he/she confide in you and you will take action abt it or else they will become victim of abuse and you may never know. This is happening alot in India unfortunately :(.

  2. I agree Sherry but unfortunately even in the West it can come from within the home. It’s a tricky situation when your “safe people” are the ones abusing you but I think the more we spread the message, the more children will learn to find that person they can run to for help. And I also agree with what you said about parents listening. Sometimes in our culture the older generation feel it would be disrespectful to even question another elder doing something of such sort but what is more important than our child’s call for help?! I hope by sharing this post I can make a little difference somewhere.

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