Time to Talk
Children face confusing and often inaccurate information about sex and sexuality. Despite the need for clarity and guidance, there is still a resounding silence on sexuality in homes, schools and communities. Reasons for this include different beliefs and social expectations, lack of understanding about the critical importance of empowering children and adolescents with knowledge about their bodies and sexuality, and fear that talking about sex and sexuality might encourage teens to become sexually active. In some cultures, certain topics relating to sexuality are even considered taboo. Furthermore, many adults feel embarrassed talking about sexual matters, and lack confidence in their ability to communicate with children appropriately.