Teach primary school pupils about sex, say MPs
Primary school children should have compulsory sex education lessons, MPs said today [26/8/08]. A cross-party group of MPs is calling on the government to make advice on sexual health and relationships mandatory in all schools. The group, led by Chris Bryant, a parliamentary aide to Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, says that giving children more information would help reduce teenage pregnancy rates, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases.
There’ll be a predicable outcry from some, mainly religious, quarters, but if children learn about sex and relationships in stages from an early age, they’re less likely to get into trouble. Ignorance doesn’t protect them.