Sex education – start them young


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  • Sunday, 12 Aug 2018

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PETALING JAYA: Parents have to start providing sex education to their children from an earlier age, a psychologist said.

Malaysian Psychological Association past president Dr Goh Chee Leong said easy access to Internet pornography has definitely presented new challenges to parents.

“There is a need for parents to be more vigilant in monitoring what their children are accessing.

“It is risky for children to learn about sex from porn, which presents a distorted view of sex,” Dr Goh, who is HELP University Faculty of Behavioural Science dean, said.

Creativity At Heart founder Priscilla Ho said she has come across cases of kindergarten kids performing sexual acts on one another.

She said they actually do not know what they are doing and think it is all just play.

“I also had a child telling me they were playing ‘hantu’,” she said, explaining that “hantu” was what the child’s parents said they were doing when their child caught them having intercourse.

Ho, a child therapist, said children are exposed to sex probably because they share bedroom with their parents, or that they saw their siblings watching porn.

She added that social ills, such as teenage pregnancies, will increase over time if young children are not taught the dos and don’ts of the Internet from a young age.

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