Young children are naturally curious about themselves and the world around them. They may start to ask questions about sexuality issues, including where babies come from. As they get older, children need to learn about the physical and emotional changes that they will experience as they go through puberty.
Children may receive sexual health information in school. Friends and the media will increasingly become an influence, although they are often not the best most reliable source of information.
The media is filled with images and messages about sexuality that can be confusing and misleading. Children need to be able to talk to trustworthy adults who can help answer their questions and sort out all the information they receive. Parents and guardians have a key role in providing children and youth with accurate information about sexuality. Parents and guardians also have the opportunity to pass on family values and attitudes about sexuality issues.
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