Stop "Explicit" Sex Ed Material

31 March 2011, 06:00

A group of mums in Northampton are calling for a change in the way children are taught sex education in primary schools.

They claim some of the videos which can be shown to children as young as five are too "explicit" and could have a negative effect on their development.

Emma Clark has two children and lives in Northampton. She’s been telling Heart that she feels outraged about the material being shown at her children’s school in Northampton:

“Already in the media, the magazines, music videos, they are already exposed to so much sexual material it just feels like now we have to filter what they are being shown in school aswel. You would think you could just send your child to school and they would be quite safe from this type of thing.

Emma says schools need to work more closely with the parents:

“In the guidelines it says that schools should work in partnership with parents and consult with parents on their policies and the material they show. What we are tending to find, speaking with other mums, that this is just not happening and parents are unaware about the material being shown.”

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom says there is a “great concern” among some parents about children being exposed to graphic descriptions during sex education lessons and is now calling for sex education guides to be licensed to prevent young children being exposed to explicit material in the classroom.

Safe a School is a national campaign run by the Society for the Protection of unborn Children.

Emma is joining the group at a meeting at The Guild Hall in Northampton at 7:30 tonight, which aims to explain to parents more about the material being shown to their children.

For more information about the meeting or the campaign go to www.spuc.org.uk/campaigns/safeatschool.

You can also call them on 020 7091 7091 or email safeatschool@spuc.org.uk

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