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Sex-abuse prevention educators want children to understand the correct terms for their “private parts”.

As part of abuse prevention in schools and other organisations, educators believe that teaching  “standard” dialect for body parts is important, The Atlantic reports.

Teaching children anatomically correct terms, age-appropriately, promotes positive body image, self confidence, and parent-child communication; discourages perpetrators; and, in the event of abuse, helps children and adults navigate the disclosure and forensic interview process, says Laura Palumbo, a prevention specialist with the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre(NSVRC).

Teaching and using plain and accurate language to describe the human body can help children live healthier/safer lives.

“We need all adults to be partners in teaching healthy childhood sexual development,” says NSVRC’s Palumbo, and “square one is body parts.”

“This helps children who have important health questions or an experience they’re concerned about talk with adults about their concerns,” whether the child is seven or seventeen.

Steve Biddulph, psychologist and parent educator, says – “Having the right words – simple, adult words, means you can talk openly about things that sometime need to be talked about.”

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  • at the right age, we will but we just use nicknames for now

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  • An extremely important article. I’ve taught my son the correct words from day dot.

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  • at the right age, yes its important

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  • Yes I agree. My 4yr old knows the correct names. It’s helps us talk openly about it already as she has questions.

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  • They do also need age appropriate words that are ok for public use – you don’t want them yelling out in the wrong setting

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  • Not only is it important for children to know the correct terms when they are old enough it is good if they learn how their OWN work.
    In the unfortunate case of abuse the child might not be so embarrassed knowing whether to use a “nickname” or the proper names.
    It is also easier to explain if they develop a medical problem they have to explain too

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  • Yes I totally agree. I have always taught my children the correct terminology. It always annoys me when my inlays then come behind my back and tell my kids no, its not ‘penis’ its a ‘winky pop’ , not a ‘vagina’ its a ‘mini haha’.

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  • Yes I agree. It’s very important for body safety

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  • As long as you’re using a generally recognized term I think its fine.

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  • I agree, they should be taught correct terminology.

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  • Im really not sure what the big deal is. Yes children should know the real words for their body parts but at the same time they are taught there is a time and place for certain things to be discussed. In the middle of the supermarket is not the place to talk about your Penis, etc. Kids are not stupid and they know and can learn and understand these concepts easily.

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  • I agree that kids should be taught the proper words and take the embarrassment out of it.

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  • I always used correct terminology for body parts. Nothing wrong with knowing the proper names for things, much better then some of the slang terms they would learn at school

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  • We’ve always used correct words for body parts.

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  • I don’t see a problem with learning the correct terminology.

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