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									The Objectives and Importance of Sex Education                A lot of people consider mother as the most ideal
                                                         person to give sex education; but in fact, father’s                • Avoid discussing sex with children in the
• The objectives of sex education are to help
                                                         participation is equally important. A son can learn from             presence of other people, in case they feel
  children understand the body structures of men
                                                         his father the suitable role as a man, while a daughter can          embarrassed or disrespected
  and women and acquire the knowledge about
                                                         learn from her father the responsibilities of a man in his
  birth                                                                                                                2.     Establish their confidence and holistic
                                                         family and the society. She will also understand the
• Teach children to establish and accept the role        expectations others have upon a woman. Children will
                                                                                                                              development
  and responsibility of their own gender by              greatly benefit from all these, and when they grow                  • Emphasize on a holistic development.
  acquiring the knowledge of sex. Understanding          up, they will know how to interact with other                         Teach your children to have correct and
  the differences and similarities between two           people.                                                               enlightened views of sex, so that they are
  genders in terms of body and mind will set up a                                                                              able to accept themselves and affirm their
  foundation for the future development in their         Preconditions for Sex Education                                       self-worth, which will benefit them for the
  acquaintance with friends and lovers and their                                                                               rest of their life
  interpersonal relationship                             1. Understand sexual education
                                                            • Understand the psychological development and             3.     Use proper materials and keep up with time
• Sex education is a kind of holistic education. It
                                                              perplexity of your growing child                               • Understand the development of your
  teaches an individual about self-acceptance and
                                                         2. Build a good parent-child relationship and                         children’s intelligence. As they grow up,
  the attitude and skills of interpersonal
                                                             establish a foundation for future interaction                     you should provide more specific answers
  relationship. It also helps an individual to
                                                            • Keep a warm and harmonious family                                even for the same question to satisfy their
  cultivate a sense of responsibility towards
                                                              atmosphere                                                       quest for knowledge
  others as well as oneself
                                                            • Let children feel that they are being loved and                • When you answer your children’s questions,
                                                              cared for                                                        you should first clarify how much they
When should sex education be given? By whom?                                                                                   know about this topic. Then give a brief
     Nowadays, with rapid growth of information,            • Cultivate children’s sentiments by encouraging
                                                              them to take part in cultural activities such as                 answer using the words they understand, the
sex information is everywhere. Children are                                                                                    ways of speaking and the tones that they are
curious about sex. Therefore, parents need to                 music or drawing. Parents should participate in
                                                              such activities as well to improve                               accustomed to
instill correct concepts of sex to their children as
early as possible before they are misled by                   the relationship between                                 4.     Understand your children and understand
indecent magazines and irresponsible media.                   parent and child                                                yourself
                                                            • Provide opportunities for                                      • Establish a mutual trust with your children
     When children grow up, they need to learn and
                                                              children      to    cultivate                                  • Participate in your children’s activities.
adapt to the physiological and psychological changes
                                                              different interests and let                                      Share their conversations and laughter in
in different stages of development. The learning
                                                              them participate in group                                        order to understand their thinking and their
objectives of sex education vary with the age of
                                                              activities                                                       culture. This may help improve the
children and the environment. They need appropriate
and continuous counselling and guidance. Parents                                                                               communication with your children on the
are the core people who accompany their children as      Education Skills and Methods                                          subjects relating to sex
they grow up, so, parents are also the most              1. Choose the right time, ask questions and                         • Share your children’s worries about sex and
appropriate person to give their children sex                provide answers                                                   discuss with them the possible solutions
education. The earlier sex education is given at home,      • Give sex education in appropriate occasions              5.     Equality and mutual respect
the earlier the children are able to establish correct      • Seize opportunities such as relevant TV                       • Answer your children’s questions with an
concepts on sex, and the easier the parents can               programs to induce children to think and ask                    understanding attitude. Give clear and
handle the situation.                                         questions voluntarily
       definite replies
     • Avoid using a lecturing tone or command
       your children to obey your instructions. This     • Encourage your children to take part in
       may make them feel repugnant                        extra-curricular activities such as joining the Boy
     • Avoid using words that are offensive or may         Scouts, Girl Guides or volunteer projects so as to
       hinder communication, such as “How can              enlarge their social circle
       you be so stupid?”                                • Keep in contact with school and understand the
                                                           content of the sex education provided so as to
6.     Be kind and patient                                 cooperate with the school
     • Be patient and attentive. Listen to your          • Participate in activities organized for parents in the
       children carefully. Talk to them with mild          subjects of children’s growth and sex education so
       and natural tone                                    as to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills
     • If your children have biased views of sex or
       when their opinions are different from yours,
       don’t get angry. You should try to understand
       your children, listen to them, and calmly
       explain to them your opinions
7.     Be honest and objective
     • Reply your children’s questions on sex with
       correct answers. Do not make up answers to
       attempt to satisfy their curiosity
     • Tell your children honestly if you do not
       know the answer, and find out the answer
       together with your children from books or
       other sources
     • Avoid casting your own view on the other
       gender upon your children                               Each person’s views on sex can
8.     Do as you preach                                   influence his/her attitude towards life. Sex is
     • You should pay attention to your own               a part of personality and sex education can
       behaviour and attitude about sex issues in         help develop a complete personality. That is
       your everyday life to avoid double standards       why sex education should be an important
     • Action speaks louder than words; your              part of family education, and should be given
       behaviour must be consistent with your words       at home since childhood.

9.     Make use of education materials                         If parents can communicate well with
     • Parents can make use of sex education materials    their children and also adopt the methods
       such as books or videotapes to facilitate          suggested above, they will find it easier to              Student Health Service
       discussion and explanation on sex issues           discuss sex with their children.
                                                                                                                    Department of Health
10. Broaden their social circle and seek support

								
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