A new study on when to start sex education has been released by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. The conclusions the group came to might be a little shocking.
Researchers on the study say parents need to let go of their worry that teaching kids about sex will increase the possibility of their children becoming promiscuous (it won't) and start stepping up to the plate. They should always address the genitals by the correct names (so no “peepees” or “weewees,” folks) from birth, and begin talking with their children about sex and sexuality when the kids are as young as two years old—especially if the conversation turns that way naturally.
The deputy CEO of Family Planning Victoria, Elsie L'Huillier, says she's excited about the book.
“We would say that old idea of sitting down and having a talk is absolutely not the way to do it,” L'Huillier said. “There should be a whole process where the issue of sexuality comes up as a natural conversation. It's not a highly stressful 'Let's sit down and talk'.”