Sex education is the instruction of issues relating to human sexuality, including emotional relations and responsibilities, human sexual anatomy, sexual activity, sexual reproduction, age of consent, reproductive health, reproductive rights, safe sex, birth control and sexual abstinence. Sexuality education has positive effects, including increasing young people's knowledge and improving their attitudes related to sexual and reproductive health and behaviors. Sexuality education – in or out of schools – does not increase sexual activity, sexual risk-taking behavior or STI/HIV infection rates. Sex education for kids has been shown to help to prevent and reduce the risks of adolescent pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections for children and adolescents with and without chronic health conditions and disabilities in the United States.
Education on sex also help kids in determing between good touch and bad touch, which is very important for them. For example, sex education classes can explain “good touch” as a way for people to show they care for each other and help each other (i.e., hugging, holding hands, changing a baby's diaper). “Bad touch”, on the other hand, is the kind you don't like and want it to stop right away (e.g. hitting, kicking, or touching private parts).
Although children are the most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13, there are perpetrators who target victims as early as infancy. Because of this, the best time to talk to your child about good and bad touch is as soon as they are capable of understanding your words.
Curiosity about sex is a natural step from learning about the body. Sex education helps kids understand about the body and helps them feel positive about their own bodies. Younger kids are interested in pregnancy and babies, rather than the mechanics of sex.? It can help them be more aware of themselves.