Body-emotion education material
Why comprehensive sexuality education for children?
- Children have innately a strong self-esteem, body-esteem and trust. That must be protected and strengthened. One takes care of and protects only something one considers as valuable.
- Enjoying closeness, own body and all you can do with it is healthy and increases well-being and self-esteem. We need to support this. It protects later against later appearance problems, substance addictions etc.
- The sexual safety of children is not discussed nor planned or protected. But we know the statistics and the consequences of comprehensive sexuality education (CSA).
- Young children are extremely interested of learning of the body, toilet practices, hygiene and how to take care of the body; children find the topic easy and funny; children have body-pride. We should not spoil them. We must stop implementing the taboo to this part of the health education. We should teach then all age-appropriate issues openly. CSA should not start only later at adolescence, when young people don’t want to listen us anymore.
- Children need safety skills and knowledge of their bodies everyday with other children. They need social skills to get friends, the rules of touch, information and skills of boundaries and dignity. These are crucial in everyday life already early and not only later in life.
- Adults and parents can’t all the time protect and look after the children. Sometimes they are visiting somewhere or on the internet etc.
- Studies show that the taboo of not talking about genitals makes children vulnerable for comprehensive sexuality education. Only what can be said can be protected.
Age-appropriate, child-centred sexuality education
Knowledge, skills and attitude
Drop intervention – to prevent bullying in a child group
Young children practice interpersonal and social skills. They mimic everything they see. They also come up with unpolite ways to talk and act. Often, nasty/ugly/bad or submissive habits start unnoticed, with small moments or small drops. Often these acts are connected to someone’s sexuality or gender.
Intervention is needed even before the nasty/ugly/bad behaviour is intentional or bullying, before small drops grow into a big stream of bullying or violence. Drop intervention is useful in preventive manner, already when someone is possibly left out, laughed at or someone’s appearance or trait is commented on in an unkind way.
Discrimination, harassment, bullying, and physical or mental violence in young children are generally not intentional, in the beginning. It can be a nonverbal, verbal, or body-hurting activity that violates another person’s mental or physical integrity.
Drop intervention means stopping the situation and reflecting on it without accusing or labelling anyone. It is a model to provide socioemotional skills to young children in difficult, multidimensional social situations.
Myths and and misconceptions about childhood sexuality
Slides: Myths and misconceptions 2022 about childhood sexuality
Sexual rights for children
The most important right is to be able to develop
- To your own kind sexuality
- Supported and protected
- At your own pace and
- Without being hurt
Everyone has the right to feel that they are safe and that they are good and valuable as such.
Six steps of promoting the sexual safety and well-being of children (future youth)!
Age-appropriate sexuality education in Finland Slides
How to teach safety skills to children?
Body-emotion education materials in three Sami languages
The Finnish National core curriculum for Early Childhood Education and Care 2022 https://www.oph.fi/en/education-and-qualifications/national-core-curriculum-ecec-nutshell.