United Kingdom. Classes that are expected to be made compulsory in 241 primary schools by Warwickshire County Council teach students as young as six about ‘stimulating’ and touching their own genitals.
The lessons which are part of a controversial new program, called All About Me, are disturbing parents who believe their young children are being “sexualized”.
The program which is part of the government’s overhaul of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) could be adopted and made compulsory next year by other local authorities as well.
The Daily Mail reports:
Under a section called Touching Myself, teachers are advised to tell children that ‘lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice’. They are also instructed to inform youngsters that this may include touching their ‘private parts’ and, that while some people may say this behaviour is ‘dirty’, it is in fact ‘very normal’.
However, the youngsters are warned it is ‘not polite’ to touch themselves in public – it is an activity they should do when alone in the bath, shower or in bed.
In the same lesson, children are given scenarios which they must judge to be ‘OK’ or ‘not OK’.
In one, pupils are told that when a girl called Autumn ‘has a bath and is alone she likes to touch herself between her legs. It feels nice’.
At this point, teachers are advised to remind the students of the ‘rules about self-stimulation’.
Even politicians like Tory MP David Davies, who earlier supported the RSE legislation expressed concern, saying, “I and many other parents would be furious at completely inappropriate sexual matters being taught to children as young as six. These classes go way beyond the guidance the government is producing and are effectively sexualizing very young children.”
In documents regarding ‘All About Me’ obtained on Sunday, by The Mail, students between the age groups six and ten were taught the ‘rules about touching yourself’ and ‘rules about self-stimulation’.