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Sexuality: What children should learn and whenSSexuality: What children should learn and whenSexuality: What children should learn and whenEnglishAdolescentToddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2019-06-06T04:00:00ZMiriam Kaufman, MD; Catherine Maser, NP-Paediatrics, MN10.000000000000052.60000000000001279.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>​​​When you talk to your child about sexuality and reproduction, you want to be sure they understand what you are saying. This guide outlines what children are able to understand at different stages.</p><p>Beginning a conversation about sexuality early and continuing that conversation as the child grows is the best sex education strategy. It lets parents avoid giving one big talk when the child reaches adolescence, when they may think they already have the information and won’t be receptive. When talking to your kids about sex, it’s important to explain things in a way that your child can understand, given their age and level of development. <br></p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>When talking to your children about sexuality, make sure you explain things in a way that is developmentally appropriate.​</li><li>You do not have to explain everything at once. Younger children tend to be more interested in pregnancy and babies, rather than the act of sex.</li></ul><p>Alberta Health Services (n.d.). <em>Information by age: Understanding your child’s development</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-age/">https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-age/</a></p><p>Alberta Health Services (n.d.). <em>Sexual & gender diversity</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/sexual-diversity/">https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/sexual-diversity/</a></p><p>Alberta Health Services (n.d.). <em>Understanding consent</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/understanding-consent/">https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/understanding-consent/</a></p><p>Canadian Paediatric Society — Caring for Kids (2017). <em>How to talk with your teen</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/talk_with_your_teen">https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/talk_with_your_teen</a></p><p>Canadian Paediatric Society — Caring for Kids (2018). <em>Gender identity</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/gender-identity">https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/gender-identity</a><a></a></p> <a> </a> <p>Canadian Paediatric Society — Caring for Kids (2018). <em>Sexual orientation</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/teens_sexual_orientation">https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/teens_sexual_orientation</a></p><p>Planned Parenthood (n.d.). <em>Get the facts on sexual health</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn">https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn</a></p>
Éducation sexuelle: ce que les enfants doivent savoir et à quel momentÉÉducation sexuelle: ce que les enfants doivent savoir et à quel momentSexuality: What children should learn and whenFrenchAdolescentToddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years);School age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2019-06-06T04:00:00ZMiriam Kaufman, MD; Catherine Maser, NP-Paediatrics, MNFlat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Lorsque vous abordez le sujet de la sexualité et de la reproduction avec votre enfant, assurez-vous qu’il comprend ce que vous dites. Ce guide présente ce que les enfants sont en mesure de comprendre à différents stades.</p><p>La meilleure stratégie en matière d’éducation sexuelle consiste à amorcer une conversation au sujet de la sexualité dès le plus jeune âge de l’enfant et à poursuivre cette conversation tout au long de sa croissance. Cela permet aux parents d’éviter d’avoir une grande discussion lorsque l’enfant atteint l’adolescence, lorsqu’il pense peut-être déjà tout savoir à ce sujet et qu’il ne sera peut-être pas réceptif. Lorsque vous parlez de sexe à vos enfants, il est important d’expliquer les choses d’une façon compréhensible pour eux, selon leur âge et leur niveau de développement.</p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>Lorsque vous parlez de sexualité à vos enfants, assurez-vous d’expliquer les choses d’une façon adaptée à son niveau de développement.</li><li>Vous n’avez pas à tout expliquer en même temps. Les enfants plus jeunes ont tendance à s’intéresser davantage à la grossesse et aux bébés qu’à l’acte sexuel.</li></ul><h2>Références</h2><p>Alberta Health Services (n.d.). <em>Information by age: Understanding your child’s development</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-age/">https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-age/</a></p><p>Alberta Health Services (n.d.). <em>Sexual & gender diversity</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/sexual-diversity/">https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/sexual-diversity/</a></p><p>Alberta Health Services (n.d.). <em>Understanding consent</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/understanding-consent/">https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/parents/information-by-topic/understanding-consent/</a></p><p>Canadian Paediatric Society — Caring for Kids (2017). <em>How to talk with your teen</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/talk_with_your_teen">https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/talk_with_your_teen</a></p><p>Canadian Paediatric Society — Caring for Kids (2018). <em>Gender identity</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/gender-identity">https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/gender-identity</a><a></a></p> <a> </a> <p>Canadian Paediatric Society — Caring for Kids (2018). <em>Sexual orientation</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/teens_sexual_orientation">https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/teens_sexual_orientation</a></p><p>Planned Parenthood (n.d.). <em>Get the facts on sexual health</em>. Retrieved from: <a href="https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn">https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn</a></p>

 

 

 

 

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