Sex education debate sparked over claims images shown to primary school children are too graphic

TVNZ One News 11 January 2017
Family First Comment: Not just Family First saying this – parents also overwhelmingly agree.

Family First wants sex education to be left up to parents, not schools
‘Saying it’s parents’ role and not schools’ is really unfortunate’ – expert criticises Family First over sex education stance
TVNZ One News 11 January 2017
A sex education researcher has fired shots at Family First over its call to stop exposing primary school kids to sexually explicit images, saying the move doesn’t equip young people with what they need to have loving relationships.

Canterbury University’s Dr Kathleen Quinlivan said the lobby group’s position that “it is parents’ role to educate their kids on sex education” is “unfortunate”.
“It appears to me that Family First have lifted out instances of examples of things that happen without showing the broader context around them,” Dr Quinlivan said.
“They also don’t show the fact that there are experienced, well-trained sexuality educators that facilitate those discussions.”
Family First is calling for sex education to be taken out of the classroom.
The group’s spokesman, Bob McCoskrie, said if any parent looked at the material being put into schools they would be concerned about how sexually explicit it was.
“It’s not age appropriate… it’s covering material that parents don’t want to be covered,” Mr McCoskrie said.
He said sex ed should be left up to parents, saying it’s not right that young kids are learning about spontaneous erections and wet dreams in school.

Parents want power over sex ed: poll
EducationHQ NZ 12 January 2017
Kiwi parents believe they should dictate what their children learn about sex at school with a survey finding most are confident they can teach their children what they need to know.
Almost two thirds think it’s up to them and not the government who should have final say on what sex education is provided at school, a nationwide poll of 846 parents has found.
The survey backs claims that parents know best and that a one size fits all approach is too simplistic, Family First New Zealand director Bob McCoskrie says.
It found 78 per cent of parents would be confident teaching their children about sex and sexuality, while 62 per cent backed a parent not government approved sex education programme.
“Parents know their children best and should determine the best timing and most appropriate way to tackle topic such as keeping themselves safe and ‘where do babies come from’,” he said.


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