Parents Too Shy to Talk About Sex

Most kids aren’t learning about sex from their parents, according to a report released Wednesday. The All-China Women’s Federation polled 5,000 students aged six to 17 and 6,500 parents about how they communicating about sex, a subject still taboo in much of China.

The group found that children want to learn about sex from their parents, but most parents polled say they were too embarrassed to discuss the subject.

From China Daily:

For example, 54 percent of parents said they had never talked with their children about how to deal with sexual harassment, while less than 30 percent said they had provided only limited advice.

Similarly, on the topic of the physiological changes that happen during puberty, 42 percent of parents said they had not discussed the subject, while 40 percent said they had given only a little information.

A poll of Hong Kong residents released in January found that nearly seventy percent believe sex education should be mandatory in schools.

More than half of the parents surveyed in the federation’s poll, which polled residents from 28 cities and counties in 10 provinces and regions, said they want to learn how to discuss sex issues with their children.

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