Aussie Children are being educated about consent and sexual abuse through every day examples such as saying no to their grandmother kissing them on the cheek.

The example is part of a move to educate primary, high school and university students about sexuality and consent in a teaching programme called ‘Respect Matters’, which has been set up by the Federal Government.

Part of the programme – which has been adopted by schools in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria – is about teaching students how to navigate relationships, gender equality, respect and how to deal with uncomfortable emotions.

Educators are calling for the programme to be adopted across the country to help reduce rates of sexual violence and the influence of pornography.

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Margie Buttriss, a childhood educator with HUSHeducation, said they used ‘child-friendly’ examples to illustrate their points on matters such no one should touch them where they don’t want to be touched.

‘We’re talking about situations such as Grandma wants to swoop in for the big sloppy kiss and if the child doesn’t want that to happen what can they do,’ she told the ABC.

‘And they can respectfully say: “No thanks Grandma, let’s have a hug instead”.’

“Or if it’s someone they don’t know, ‘let’s high five, let’s fist bump’.”

A discussion on the TODAY Facebook page saw people very divided about the topic with many people totally shattered for poor old gran.

“Society has gone mad. Don’t deprive children of affection .”

“I’m a grandmother to 8 grand darlings and I would be heart broken if my grand children didn’t give me a kiss or let me kiss them .. they are a extension of my children I just want to love them.”

“How about you teach them the difference between sexual abuse and love for your family.”

“WTF …. think I need to home school my kids. The world is f@#*d!!!”

“Can schools concentrate on teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and let the parents choose what moral values to raise their children with? ”

“How about schools concentrate on teaching fundamentals and leave the rest to families?”

“How about they teach children about bullying, real child abuse and sexual abuse and teach them where to get help when needed and obviously how to read and write. Leave the grandparents out of this, grandparents are there for love and support and family unity. What is wrong with this world OMG!!!!”

You may recall this story that caused a stir after one woman claimed parents should seek consent before changing their child’s nappy…

Do you think this is the best way to teach kids about consent? Share your comments below

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  • I don’t encourage anyone to kiss my children. When we leave someone I say to my kids “how would you like to say goodbye? Would you like to high 5 or wave?” Now that my son is almost 3, he has started to choose to hug sometimes. I don’t enjoy people touching me so I don’t expect my kids to


  • umm that’s a little overboard. Well, even today if the kid doesn’t want to be kissed they say it already… depends on what’s the child’s mood.


  • Can’t we just let kids be kids ????‍♀️


  • The kids go to school for an education. Since when are they qualified counsellors???
    Back in the late 1980s our kids were told everything about child abuse. We weren’t allowed to yell at them – that’s verbal abuse even if there is no “bad” language spoken, we’re not allowed to smack them at all (what ? I’m not allowed to smack my child in the process of grabbing them away from something dangerous – yet I’ll be accused of child abuse and child neglect if I don’t prevent it) I know of one such case. Kids are/were told that they have rights, that if they don’t to do what their parents to do they don’t have to. There was more that I won’t even start on……Some Kids are smart and the “you don’t have to do what you asked to do” backfired on the teachers. The kids worked out that parents are adults and teachers are too. Some kids decided they didn’t have to do what the teachers asked them to do either. Imagine the disruption in class. Parents suddenly found themselves legally no control over the kids when they tried to stop them from doing something wrong. They weren’t allowed to hold them to prevent them leaving when asked not to, that was abuse or assault – take your pick. They the kids get themselves in trouble the first question asked is “where are / were the parents”? 1. Possibly working out how to legally stop them or 2. they don’t care or weren’t home themselves.
    I’m tired of the education system trying to prevent family bonding.


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