Aussie Children are being educated about consent and sexual abuse through every day examples such as saying no to their grandmother kissing them on the cheek.
The example is part of a move to educate primary, high school and university students about sexuality and consent in a teaching programme called ‘Respect Matters’, which has been set up by the Federal Government.
Part of the programme – which has been adopted by schools in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria – is about teaching students how to navigate relationships, gender equality, respect and how to deal with uncomfortable emotions.
Educators are calling for the programme to be adopted across the country to help reduce rates of sexual violence and the influence of pornography.
Margie Buttriss, a childhood educator with HUSHeducation, said they used ‘child-friendly’ examples to illustrate their points on matters such no one should touch them where they don’t want to be touched.
‘We’re talking about situations such as Grandma wants to swoop in for the big sloppy kiss and if the child doesn’t want that to happen what can they do,’ she told the ABC.
‘And they can respectfully say: “No thanks Grandma, let’s have a hug instead”.’
“Or if it’s someone they don’t know, ‘let’s high five, let’s fist bump’.”
A discussion on the TODAY Facebook page saw people very divided about the topic with many people totally shattered for poor old gran.
“Society has gone mad. Don’t deprive children of affection .”
“I’m a grandmother to 8 grand darlings and I would be heart broken if my grand children didn’t give me a kiss or let me kiss them .. they are a extension of my children I just want to love them.”
“How about you teach them the difference between sexual abuse and love for your family.”
“WTF …. think I need to home school my kids. The world is f@#*d!!!”
“Can schools concentrate on teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and let the parents choose what moral values to raise their children with? ”
“How about schools concentrate on teaching fundamentals and leave the rest to families?”
“How about they teach children about bullying, real child abuse and sexual abuse and teach them where to get help when needed and obviously how to read and write. Leave the grandparents out of this, grandparents are there for love and support and family unity. What is wrong with this world OMG!!!!”
You may recall this story that caused a stir after one woman claimed parents should seek consent before changing their child’s nappy…
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