CONVERSATIONS: How should sex and sexuality be taught to kids? #SexTalk

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At what age should the "sex talk" begin? How do you think parents influence a child's view on sex and sexuality?

MANILA, Philippines–Talking about sex to children, is understanbly, a hard task. 

Rappler’s resident sex writer, Ana Santos, writes about the first time she talked to her daughter about sex in her latest Dash of Sas piece.

“That first ‘sex talk’ also made me realize one very important thing: the ‘sex talk’ isn’t just about sex. It isn’t about positions or what body part goes where. It is also about various topics on sexuality like sexual orientation, the simple biology of how body parts work and develop, and respect for the sexual choices of others,” she writes. 

The “sex talk” also means talking to children about other things such as their self-worth, body image, the elements of a healthy relationship, and talking about boundary-setting, risk and consequences, Santos writes. 

At Rappler, we want to foster a conversation on “sex positivism” which will hopefully provoke thought and stimulate positive conversations about sexuality. 

Here’s our conversation of the day: how should sex and sexuality be taught to kids? At what age should the “sex talk” begin? How do you think parents influence a child’s view on sex and sexuality?

We want to know what you think. Leave us a comment on Facebook, or send us a tweet using the hashtag #SexTalk.

Here’s what our online community is saying:

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