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'We want to prepare families for sex education when children are aged 3 to 6'

The Ministry of Health recently put up a tender for an interactive workshop to educate parents  who have children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, how to start talking about sex with their children.

The tender outlined that the contractor needs to co-develop and implement some interactive workshops for parents of young children in order to teach them about how to start talking to their children about sex.

Teaching school children to use condomThe tender, however, has raised some concerns about when parents should be talking to their children about sex. Many felt that 3 to 6 years old is far too young.

While the topic itself might be something that parents want to avoid talking about, there is a general consensus that there is an appropriate age to start educating children on such issues.

Psychologists believe that 3 to 6 is far too young as toddlers’ brains are unsophisticated and they aren’t able to retain concepts or memory as well as necessary to understand sex education.

Children up to 6 years old are mostly still struggling with basic concepts such as emotions, colours, numbers and shapes and are therefore unable to comprehend sex.

The Health Promotion board had explained that the tender was supposed to be along similar lines of the current “Mum and Dad, Where do I come from?” workshop.

 

Hide sex and they would find it

Hide sex and they would find it

The HPB explained that children as young as 3 start to ask questions such as where they come from as they are curious about themselves and others.

Such workshops are designed to equip parents with the skills necessary to be able to confidently explain to their children such matters as they grow up.

They admitted that sex education should be left to when the children are slightly older, they also said that the workshops help parents to know how to talk to their children in an age-appropriate manner such as being able to keep things simple and engaging with their kids in creative ways.

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