How Early Should Sex Education Begin

There is no doubt that the cat is out of the bag regarding sex. Children are exposed to sexually charged marketing material made for adults on a daily basis by watching TV, and the ready access to more explicit materials which can be found online are also a daily concern.

It elicits some interesting questions, therefore, about how early sex education should begin, and what exactly should be the aim of it. These questions recently rose to prominence in the UK, with discussions on whether sex education should begin during primary school. As children are already starting to get online at this age, with social media accounts, and with the advertisements on TV often being sexually charged, there is now mounting evidence that this might be the best option.

A lot of education forums and organisations are fully supportive of lowering the age at which students are introduced to sex at schools, but the government has so far held off agreeing to change policy.