Watercooler: What should we teach our kids about sex?

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THERE IS no doubt sex education for children is important.

But what messages should and shouldn't we be teaching them?

Is a hug harmless? Do women who have multiple sexual partners have issues bonding?

These are messages girls as young as 12 received in a sex pamphlet at a Melbourne School.

TheAge reports parents are outraged students were exposed to the material from a controversial Christian group without permission.

Year 7 girls have been warned not to have multiple sex partners or risk becoming like overused sticky tape.

The students at Fairhills High School, in Knoxfield in Melbourne's outer east, were also told that a chemical released in females' brains made them more needy than boys.  

So what sex messages are the right messages to be teaching our children?

How early is too early to start talking about sex with your children?

And if parents don't talk to their children about sex where will they get the information from?

What you're saying on Facebook:

Julie-Anne Pashley: "Do men who have multiple partners have bonding issues? Aren't we living in the age of gender equality? Why highlight women?"

Colin Damant: "Julie yes we live in the age of equality however men don't get periods no matter how equal it would be so we will always have differences so they might be looking at a deeper level to do with how a women works on the inside and emotional level."

Tanya Denning: "12 is to young let them be kids for goodness sake."

Kim Rye: "It's not rocket science. Make sure you're educated yourself, then educate your kids. It's pretty easy actually. You start when they are young by answering their innocent questions honestly but in age appropriate terms, things like where do babies come from. Only answer that particular question that they asked or you risk over loading them and them not understanding. You will find they are pretty happy with simple answers. Keep it matter of fact and don't make a big deal out of it. By the time they are teens and really need to know the nitty gritty, they will already have some knowledge and they wont be scared to approach you and asked you any other questions. You would have already set it up so they are very comfortable in asking you and they wont be embarrassed  Let's face it, its going to happen at some time whether we like it or not, so why not make sure they have a life time of knowledge so they can make INFORMED decisions when the time comes. Besides, teens that have a really good knowledge of facts and not filled with myths, often tend to abstain longer and once active  are very careful (not all but most ). If we don't teach our kids  they will learn in the playground. Have you ever listened to the inaccurate info shared on the playground at schools?"

Brigit Green: "Yeah. Glad I'm not the only one asking about men who have multiple partners. Why is this a "women's" thing & not a people thing? FWIW I answered my daughter's questions with age appropriate material & when she was 5 she understood enough of the notion of DNA to understand that she was unique & had part of both her parent's 'building blocks'."

Maddison McLean: "It ain't legal till 16 so don't even think about it."

Karissa Jayne: "So damaging - imagine the girls too scared to hug their own families now; or afraid that a minor touch or hand holding would mean they will fall in "love" with the person and never be able to love anyone else. Imagine their first breakup, how much worse if someone you trusted had told you that you wouldn't have as strong a connection with anyone else - you would never love someone that much again..."

Geoff Campbell: "What's wrong with multiple partners?? Next thing you'll be criticising homosexuals!!"

 

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