Too Young For Sex Education?
Now, I’m all for teaching children how to speak properly. I never taught my children to call their “privates” any other names but the proper ones. My son knows that he has a penis and my daughter knows that she has a vagina. But is it really necessary to volunteer sex education to children at such a young age?? According to this article I read in the NY Times, it is.
Robie H. Harris, a leading author of sex education books for children, started on the topic in 1994 with "It's Perfectly Normal" for pre-teenagers. Since then she has found herself addressing progressively younger audiences: first with "It's So Amazing," geared to 7-year-olds and up, and now "It's Not the Stork," due this summer, and intended for children as young as 4. In 2008 she is to publish a volume aimed at 2½-year-olds. Her steady downward demographic shift, she said, is purely in response to parental demand.
Now, I’m not saying that we should continue the lie of the stork, but in my opinion, gratuitous information and images such as the one posted above, which is from the book "It's Not the Stork," geared for children age 4 and up, are NOT necessary.