PODCAST: Parents, how do you talk about sex with your kids?
MANILA, Philippines – Have you had “the birds and the bees” type of conversation with your child?
As part of MovePH’s #GenderIssues section, we will be holding a podcast series called Sex and Sensibilities, where we will be talking about everything and anything related to gender, sexuality, sex, discrimination, empowerment, health, and policies, among many other topics some of us may be too afraid or shy to ask about.
For our pilot episode, we are tackling sex, specifically, how parents can discuss sex with their children.
Join Ana Santos as she shares her experiences and insights as a sex and sexuality educator, but more importantly, as a mother.
Sexuality education is not institutionalized in Philippine schools. Instead, it's integrated in subjects like science, health, and values education. These classes, however, mostly focus on the biological aspect of reproduction or on moral teachings anchored on Catholic values.
This could leave out other important topics such as the diversity of human sexuality, safe and responsible sex, and the importance of being able to make an informed choice over one’s own body.
In the Philippines, teenage pregnancy remains a social concern.
In fact, 1 in every 10 Filipino women aged 15 to 19 is already a mother or pregnant with her first child, according to the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The figures have not changed much over the last 5 years. (READ: Kids having kids)
In 2013, more than 80% of Filipino high school students did not use protection when they first had sex. Among college graduates, only 35.6% think their knowledge about sex is adequate.
For parents, young ones
Among many Filipino households, sex remains taboo. If young Filipinos are not learning about safe sex at school or at home, where do they get their information?
This episode might be helpful for parents who want to educate their children about sex, but are unsure how to. Young ones may also find some ideas how they can better communicate with their parents.
If you have any questions or suggestions for future episodes, please email us at email@example.com. Speak up on #GenderIssues! – Rappler.com