I recently read an article in the New York Times about two young girls (ages four and six) who were featured in a new documentary, Please Talk to Kids About AIDS.
Vineeta and Sevilla Hennessey attended the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto with their filmmaker parents. There, the girls asked AIDS experts, condom distributors and sex toy manufacturers tough questions about the virus and sex.
To see what the reaction was to the girls,
With their parents filming, the precocious babes inquired, "How does AIDS get into your body?" and "Do you know what a virus is?" Vineeta, 6 sat by a bowl of condoms and explained their use. She said:
These are condoms, that you put in the boy's penis, so they don't get AIDS with a women or with a man. A man can do it with a man if you like it.
My niece is the same age as Vineeta and I just can't imagine her discussing sex and condoms. I am positive my sister is nowhere near ready to discuss the birds and the bees with her though it will be sooner than later.
The mother of the two young journalists asserts there is no right age for the topic. She said, "It's when they're ready to ask. It's our own discomfort that's the problem, not theirs. Kids don't have taboos."
What do you think? Do you think kids are ever too young to discuss things like sex or AIDS?