Sex education is teaching and learning on topics related to sex and sexuality, exploring values and beliefs about those topics and gaining the skills that are needed to navigate relationships and manage one’s own sexual health. The ultimate aim of sex education is to lead a healty sexual life.
Sex education helps people gain the information, skills and motivation to make healthy decisions about sex and sexuality.
It is never too early to talk sex and sexuality with your kids. The earlier you teach them the better. Why sex education can take place in different settings (schools, churches etc.), the best setting is from mother to child.
Talking about sex and sexuality from when your child is young can help your child understand that sex and sexuality are healthy when properly done.
The child is expected to know:
⦁ The name of their body parts including vagina/penis and breast.
⦁ How to wash his/her vagina/penis by themselves
⦁ That they are not to play with each other’s vagina/penis
⦁ She/he should report anybody that touches their vagina/penis including relatives
As they grow older;
⦁ The boy should know that early morning errection is normal and does not mean that he needs sex
⦁ The girl should know all about her menstrual cycle.
⦁ They should know that vaginal sexual intercourse may result in pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) etc.
⦁ They should know how to aviod unwanted pregnancy and STIs
⦁ Teach a boy to be a boy not a girl and vice versa
Early conversation about sex makes kids aware of sexual violence and also lay the groundwork for children to make healthier choices about sex when they are older.
Create a healthy relationship with your kids so that they can ask any sex related question without being bias.