At What Age Should Sex Education Happen?

Playing Did Middle School Sex-Ed Program Go Too Far?

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While discussing a controversial middle school sex education class, The Doctors weigh in on what might be the right age to educate kids about sex.

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Clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho says that according to research, the best age to begin sex education is at age 10. She says this might seem too early, but stresses it is not too young. She feels it is best to reach kids prior to them being presented with the decision of whether or not to have sex.

At age 10, she says the material to discuss should be about anatomy and sexual risk behaviors, and she suggests avoiding the use of sensational language.

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Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra feels the most important subject to cover when talking about sex with your children is the prevention of pregnancies and STDs, along with promoting the idea that sex is normal and beneficial to both men and women.