Sex education call for primary pupils
Thursday, 17 June 2010
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) wants children to be taught about sex, relationships and alcohol at an early age. This way they hope to give the children confidence to delay having sex and if they do have sex make healthier choices. They also refer to binge drinking saying that children’s attitude towards drinking already starts to develop before they actually begin to drink. By starting to give these lessons at an early age they want to create awareness among children before they start making these choices. The previous government made plans for including compulsory sex and relationship education within the curriculum. This failed before the election and now the coalition government is planning their own plans for the curriculum.
I agree with NICE saying that children need to be aware of the dangers before they make choices. Especially when it comes to sex. I do think that you need a different approach in primary schools than in secondary schools. They should not begin to early but I think that you can teach them to respect each other and what is appropriate and what is not at the age of becoming a teenager.