Thank you from the Newshour team for all your brilliant comments on the United Nations’ sex education guidelines. Saturday’s on air discussion is now over, but we’ve continued to receive many interesting views on whether it’s appropriate to learn about sex at an early age. We appreciate your willingness to delve into what can be a very sensitive topic.
Many of your opinions have addressed whether knowing about sex, makes a child more, or less, interested in sex. Halima wrote: “HIV and AIDs are rampant because of NOT knowing about sexually transmitted diseases. Sex information does not promote HIV/AIDS, but ignorance of it can make things worse.” On the other hand Negegir writes: “Children are very curious and like practicing what they are taught. And teaching them about sex as early as the age of 5 means encouraging them to practice sex as early as they were taught.” Thank you again, and stay tuned for Newshour’s next online discussion!