TIPS BY AGE GROUP

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WHAT IS AGE APPROPRIATE?

Wondering how far your explanations should go with your curious preschooler or your precocious pre-teen? Sex Ed Rescue offers a parent-friendly and practical age by age guide.

 

The Sex Education Forum's curriculum design tool, with its 'life course approach', was originally designed for teachers but makes a useful guide for parents on toeing the 'age appropriate' line:

AGES 3-6

Relationships

Who is in my family?

What do I like about my friend?

My body

What do we call the different parts of girls' and boys' bodies?

Life cycles

Where do babies come from?

Keeping safe and looking after myself

Which parts of my body are private? 

How can I say no if I don't want someone to touch me?

People who can help me

Who can I ask if I need help to know something or if I am worried?

AGES 7-8

Relationships

How can I be a good friend?

What makes me feel good, and bad?

How do I know how others are feeling?

My body

Why is my body changing?

Why are some children growing more quickly? 

Life cycles

Why does having a baby need a male and a female?

Keeping safe and looking after myself

What are good habits for looking after my growing body?

When is it good or bad to keep secrets?

People who can help me

Where can I get information about growing up? 

Who can I talk to if I feel anxious or unhappy?

AGES 9-10

Relationships

What is love? How can we show it?

Can people of the same sex love each other? Is that ok?

My body

Is my body normal? What is puberty? What kind of feelings come with it?

Life cycles

What is sex? What does a new baby need to keep it happy and healthy?

Keeping safe and looking after myself

How can I look after my body through puberty?

People who can help me

Where can I find information about puberty and sex? Who can I talk to if I want help advice about growing up?

Or if I feel anxious or unhappy?

AGES 11-13

Relationships

What makes a relationship happy or unhappy? How will I know if I am in love? Do you have to have sex to show someone you love them?

My body

Am I normal? Should we all look like pictures in the media? Why do boys get erections?

Life cycles

What is sex? What does a new baby need to keep it happy and healthy?

Keeping safe and looking after myself

What is safer sex? What are the different methods of contraception? What’s HIV and AIDs and how do you get it?

People who can help me

Can I see a nurse or doctor in private? Which are the best websites for help and advice on sex and relationships?

AGES 14-16

Relationships

What’s the best way to resist pressure from friends or partner to do things I don’t want to do? Is pornography real?

Feelings and attitudes

How does how I feel about my body affect my self-esteem and my relationships? What’s it like to come out as gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgender?

What do different cultures and religions believe about sex and relationships?

Keeping safe and looking after my sexual health

Who should be responsible for contraception?

How do I use a condom and will it affect sexual performance? What are the laws on sexual offences?

Sources of help and advice

What are my rights as a young person to information, sexual health and confidentiality? If a woman gets pregnant, what choices does she have?

 

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