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British Group Wants Sex Ed For Kindergartners

How Did You First Learn About Sex?

Where do babies come from? I bet each of us remembers the day we learned the answer to that question.

In Britain, where the teen pregnancy rate is one of the highest in Europe, one heath agency wants sex ed to start as early as kindergarten. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence isn't calling for graphic curriculum. Rather, they'd like to see sex ed for five year olds that focuses on the value of friendship and respect.

Teaching kids to have a healthy outlook on intimacy could surely help them make responsible decisions in the future. And it's useful for schools to fill in for parents who might put off the awkward conversations. When you were a kid, how do you first learn about sex?

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kh61582 kh61582 7 years
I watched the movie channels more than cartoons when I was kid. Nuf said.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
When I was in second grade, a friend decided to both tell me and show me what sex was. Because of that, my three-year-old already knows that babies are made when grown-up men put sperm in grown-up women; that babies grow in wombs that make pregnant moms look like they have huge tummies; and that babies come out of vaginas, which are one of those "girl parts" that are NOT for sharing except for with parents and doctors (and even then, it's okay to say no).
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
French, you just reminded me, in junior high I would pretend to go to sleep but really I was listening to 'LoveLines,' lights off, headphones plugged into the stereo. I learned so much from that radio program it's ridiculous, needless to say my fascination with sex was formed early, and has never gone away.
sweetchuck sweetchuck 7 years
TV! and movies!!! I used to watch soap operas...oh, and I watched Dirty Dancing a lot and I knew what Johnny and Baby were up to in that
French-Kiss French-Kiss 7 years
By myself and thank's to the radio.
kellylouise kellylouise 7 years
Like most of you I "collected" scattered bits of information throughout the years. I do remember my mother telling me how babies were made though, when I was about 7, and she also told me about having periods.. as for the rest, it was mostly my friends at school and television that taught me a more detailed, complete version of the story of the seed and the egg.
Soulduster Soulduster 7 years
While watching the 90210 episode, where Brenda loses her virginity to Dylan, with my older sister and my mom, the topic raised some questions from me. When I asked what was going on, my sister (for some reason) jumped at the opportunity to teach me about sex. She went as far as asking my mom if she could tell me, which my mom gladly agreed to. One less awkward conversation for her. So my 7 year old self learned the basics about sex from Brenda, Dylan, and my 12 year old sister.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I really don't remember, which is weird because I remember the majority of my childhood. I must have picked up bits and pieces from different sources. I'm pretty sure I had a good idea about what was going on by the time I was around 8 though. When I was 10, they took all the girls in our class to the gym and explained about periods and stuff. And then they gave us another talk in 6th grade and we had regular sex ed classes in middle and hs. I don't think they really talked about sex until freshman year of HS. Before that it was all about STDs.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
My parents were never awkward or iffy about talking about sex or answering any questions. They raised us to understand that it is a completely natural part of life and there's nothing "dirty" or "bad" about it. I selected the sibling option, though, because I think I probably learned most about sex from my older sister (she's three years older than me). I feel like I've known about sex forever though. I remember when I was about 4, I accidentally walked in on my parents doing the deed and I knew what they were doing because I quickly shut the door and me and my sister started laughing. I didn't stand there mortified at what I saw & not understanding it. I probably learned about the actual mechanics of it when I was about 8 or so. I guess before then I just figured sex was two people rolling around naked together haha, but I have had at least a rudimentary understanding of it from a very young age. My sister is the one who told me where babies come from and I think I was probably 6ish. I know I knew what sex was because when she told me I started giggling. I remember that moment vividly, we were both laughing as if babies coming from sex was the most hilarious thing ever. When I became a teenager, I went to my sister to talk about the more personal questions about sex. She was a little more experienced with it, but still close enough to my age that I felt comfortable and like she could relate and understand where I was coming from.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Friends then books (e.g. Forever by Judy Blume)
Rosay77 Rosay77 7 years
I did my own research.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
#11 we were typing at the same time... I saw my first nudie mag when I was in kindergarten, I remember thinking, yuck when I have hair down there, I am cutting it off. Except for a little landing strip I've staid pretty true to my word!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
The first time I heard the word sex: first grade, the tough boys were spelling S-E-X in the lunch line and laughing about it, so I figured it was some valuable key to the grownup world. I gathered more and more info gradually until 5th grade sex ed, when I found out that the penis becomes erect and just stands up like a stick and goes INSIDE of the vagina. I remember one of the kids in class asked, "Ew, does it feel weird?" and good old Mrs M, she said, "Oh yeah, it feels pretty good!"
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Found my dad's porn, then went to my library to read the rest until I got the 'health class talk'. No parental involvement...well, until my mother yelled at me for starting my period. That was fun.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 7 years
I really don't remember... I had a cat who was pregnant and gave birth, and I witnessed the whole deal when I was 6, so I was already pretty aware of how the whole thing went down. I never had a "talk", but I do remember getting this book, when I was 9 that explained periods and zits and stuff. It even talked about masturbation! Hahaha....
Janine22 Janine22 7 years
I first learned what it was in school, but it was not in sex ed. I was in grade one and a fifth grader told me what it was. I was horrified and grossed out!
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I first learned about sex, pregnancy, periods, std's and stuff like that in 5th grade. Never had a single conversation about sex with my parents.
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
Dunno. My family never explained it to me, but they never prevented us from looking for information so I found out very, very early about things like sex. It didn't make me immediately hop into bed with the kid next door. I really don't understand the hysteria about teaching children about sex, and homosexuality as well. I wish someone had spoken to me earlier about those things, maybe I wouldn't have spent so much of my teens stupidly prejudiced about the LGBT community and making bitchy judgmental comments about those of my age group who DID have sex.
chequettex chequettex 7 years
My older brother told me about sex when I was 5 or 6. Using my own Ken and Barbie dolls! I was mortified, and at the same time VERY curious. But I didn't learn the mechanics of what really happens until I was older, maybe 9 or 10, and my parents gave me a book to read. That was their way of telling me! A book about "adolescence"!! Each of us kids had a different learning style, though, and I think my parents knew that the best way for me to find out about sex was reading about it. Thinking back, it was a pretty descriptive book, I found it very helpful and it answered a lot of the questions i was too embarrassed to ask my parents.
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
I first learned about it from my friend, or rather, heard about it from my friend. I learned about it in school.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I have no idea, it was so long ago. I'm pretty sure it was in a classroom setting where I learned the bulk of my info in the beginning. Age appropriate teaching is necessary, we have some schools not educating until high school, but kids in elementary and middle school are having babies. My school system did it right, 3rd or 4th grade is when it started.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I always knew about sex. I knew how babies were made since I can remember. The " sex talk" was never a taboo at my house. My mom always answered all my questions as honest as possible. She even had some educational videos ( of course age appropriate). I then learned more details in school. She never made the " sex talk" uncomfortable or embarrassing.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I was first exposed to it on tv, but in JHS I actually learned about STD's and pregnancy, etc.
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