If you already don’t want to talk to your kids about sex, then it’s probably a safe bet that you really don’t want to talk to them about pornography. But with how easily accessible porn is on the internet and the prevalence of computers, tablets and smartphones in the hands of our kids (or their friends), they will almost certainly stumble upon it at some point — and probably at a much younger age than you’d expect.
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We used to think of “The Talk” as that one intensely awkward conversation where your parent sits you down to tell you about sex (you already know what it is) and to strongly suggest you not have it (maybe you already are). But now we know that The Talk is actually a whole series of talks that don’t centre solely around sex — there’s also gender, consent, depression, bullying, masturbation and porn to cover.
Is it OK to put a boy and a girl in the bathtub together? What should you do if a classmate from your kid’s preschool comes over for a play date and you find the two of them “playing doctor” from the waist down? And what if your child asks to examine your private parts and that makes you feel weird?
Our Bodies, Ourselves began as a pamphlet on women's health in the early 1970s, but soon became the go-to textbook for every young (and old) person with questions about anything to do with puberty, sex, even relationships. The book has been released and updated in numerous editions over the decades, but all good things must come to an end; the non-profit responsible for OBOS has just announced that they are shifting to a volunteer-only model, which means that updates will be few and far between.