In a controversial move that is making many parents uncomfortable, compulsory classes are being introduced into primary schools that teach students, as young as six, about touching and stimulating their ‘private parts’.

These lessons form part of “All About Me,” a new sex and relationships teaching programme being rolled out in hundreds of schools.

However, many parents are concerned that these lessons will ‘sexualise’ young kids. Some have even removed their kids from schools where this is being taught, as reported in the Daily Mail.

The programme is being trialled by the Warwickshire County Council, but if it is successful, this could be adopted by other local and international schools.

Serious Concerns

There are wide range concerns that schools may be providing inappropriate sexually explicit material to young children.

“I and many other parents would be furious at completely inappropriate sexual matters being taught to children as young as six. These classes go way beyond the guidance the Government is producing and are effectively sexualising very young children,” said politician, David Davies.

The All About Me classes are taught to kids aged between six and ten and include guidelines for ‘touching yourself’.
The curriculum in the year two lesson plan for six and seven-year-olds include ‘rules about self-stimulation.’

Teachers have been advised to tell children that ‘lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice’. This goes on to instruct youngsters that this may include touching their ‘private parts’ and, that while some people may say this behaviour is ‘dirty’, it is in fact ‘very normal’.

But the teachings do warn children that touching themselves should be down privately, alone in the bath or bed. The kids are then given the opportunity to deem which scenarios are ‘ok’ and which are not.

The rules about self-stimulation also appear in lesson plans for children in Years Four and Five (aged eight to ten).

Parents Have No Choice

This programme is part of the Government’s overhaul of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and has introduced the ruling that all primary schools will be required to teach compulsory relationships education from next year September.

This includes topics about families, friendships, online relationships, privacy and ‘being safe’. It is recommended that sex education forms part of these programmes, however, this is not mandatory.

From next year, parents will not be able to withdraw children from these lessons.

We All Do It….

One of the designers of All About Me, Jonny Hunt, explains about the inclusion of the self-stimulation element.

“This is not sex education but actually information around safe and appropriate touching. However uncomfortable adults may find it, children of all ages will self-stimulate from time to time. They may do this when anxious or simply because it feels nice,” said Mr Hunt.

Warwickshire County Council is fully supportive of the teaching material saying that the lessons were ‘tailored to the age and development level of the children’, adding: ‘While some of the material may be sensitive for some, we believe it is important for children… to get clear and consistent information about this important, but often overlooked subject.’

Do you think it is inappropriate to teach young kids about self-touching? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Utterly disgusting!!

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  • This is seriously disturbing. I couldn’t even read the whole article. There’s going to be little pedos everywhere

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  • This is so inappropriate! Why does the government or whoever suddenly think it is neccessary to educate young children on this topic. I dont understand how it benefits them by knowing and I certainly dont understand the point of teaching it at schools.

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  • I’m glad this isn’t at my local schools

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  • Funny how the article doesn’t mention until two thirds of the way down that this is happening in Britain, not Australia. Misleading much?

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  • I agree with sex education lessons but think at primary school age the parents decide to enroll their kids to this program or not. Sex education is too much overtaken by schools, where in my opinion this is the parents responsibility. Teaching them how to touch themselves at age 6 goes too far for me.

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  • Wow! This does not make me feel okay. All sorts of wrong with this and perhaps not the role of a school.

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  • This is wrong on so many levels

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  • oh my

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  • yes interesting lessons

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  • It is important to teach children about when it is appropriate to touch yourself. Children learn very own about self-stimulation. It is important to let them know that it is perfectly normal but it is something that should not be done in public.

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  • Seriously? Come on, how may toddlers have discovered it feels nice to run against the couch or a stuffy? It is totally normal – most kids masturbate, and it’s not sexual at all, it just feels nice! Whats wrong with telling kids that it is normal and not ‘dirty’, but needs to be done in private? Sure, parents SHOULD be doing this, but many don’t – when I was in schools I had 14 year olds who thought they peed out of the same place menstrual fluid came out of.

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  • Teaching appropriateness I agree with but I am not sure about the actual age to teach it, it is a difficult one. I am not sure what I would want to do if the option came up for my children

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  • I believe that Sex Education and lessons about body awareness, body parts etc can be taught by parents and schools as long as there is co-operation between both parties. Give parents the lesson structure and reference material so that they same message can be taught from both sides. Give parents the option of opting their children out of the lessons at school (like we can do for religious education) so that parents can be in control of this topic if they want. Whilst it is a difficult subject matter for some, and we want our children to be children for as long as we can, the society that we live in today (where little boys and girls are sexually assaulted) deems that we teach our children from a young age to learn and understand what is ok and what is not and to feel comfortable to talk to a teacher or a parent if something does happen to them. – lets embrace it and make it a working solution between parents and schools so everyone is on the same page and gives the same information!

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  • That’s disgusting! It’s far too young for kids to learn these things and should be a private matter taught by parents when they deem it’s appropriate.


    • I tend to agree with you here. I wouldn’t want my son learning about this in school, I would rather teach him

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