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.
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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.’
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