Children and learning about sexuality
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Learning about sexuality is just as important to children as any other learning. Children need to learn about the sexual parts of their body, just as they learn about arms and legs. They need to feel good about their body and about being themselves.
Children build their understanding of sexual matters, relationships and values a little at a time as they grow and mature.
They learn from lots of sources whether parents teach them about it or not. When parents talk with children easily and openly, it is a chance to give correct information and to discuss family values. Children learn that it is OK to talk with parents about these things.
To find out more
Have a look at the Parent Easy Guide developed by Parenting SA - https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parenting-and-child-care/parenting/parenting-sa
Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network South Australia.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.