Children as Young as 6 to Be Given Mandatory 'Self-Touching Lessons' at School
Parents outraged at new lessons that sexualize their children
Children as young as 6 years old are being 'educated' about ‘stimulating’ or touching their own genitals as part of classes that are set to become compulsory in hundreds of primary schools across the UK.
But the controversial lessons have cause backlash among angry parents who believe it is ‘sexualizing’ their young children.
The new teaching program called 'All About Me' is being rolled out across 241 primaries by Warwickshire County Council.
If successful, the program could also be adopted by other local authorities next year.
Religious groups and family campaigners have warned that the Department for Education "vague guidelines" could mean schools could soon be providing sexual material to young children.
The move is so drastic that even some politicians who had supported the RSE legislation have pushed back.
Tory MP David Davies said:
"I and many other parents would be furious at completely inappropriate sexual matters being taught to children as young as six. These classes go way beyond the guidance the Government is producing and are effectively sexualizing very young children."
According to documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday, 'All About Me' classes involve pupils aged between 6 and 10 being taught about ‘rules about touching yourself.’
In the scheme’s Year Two lesson plan for six and seven-year-olds, there is an explanation of ‘rules about self-stimulation.'
According to one section called 'Touching Myself,' teachers are instructed to tell children that ‘lots of people like to tickle or stroke themselves as it might feel nice.’
They are also advised to inform children that the 'tickling' may include touching their ‘private parts,' and despite some people calling it 'dirty,' it is ‘very normal.’
The youngsters are then advised it is ‘not polite’ to touch themselves in public – and they should do it alone in bed, the bath or shower.
The lesson also gives children scenarios which they must judge to be ‘OK’ or ‘not OK.’
One example is pupils are told that when a girl called Autumn ‘has a bath and is alone, she likes to touch herself between her legs. It feels nice’.
Teachers sare then instructed to remind the children of the ‘rules about self-stimulation.’
The 'touching' guides are repeated in lesson plans for Years Four and Five, which involve pupils aged eight to ten.
All the primary schools will be obliged to teach compulsory relationships education from next September as part of the Government’s RSE reforms.
The lessons will include topics about families, friendships, online relationships, privacy, and ‘being safe.’
Warwickshire has also introduced relationship lessons in some schools ahead of the national launch, including sessions addressing ‘self-stimulation.’
Parents will not be able to withdraw children from these lessons, from next September.
Parents Naomi and Matthew Seymour, whose two sons attend Coten End school, strongly disagree with the lessons, expressing concern their sons would be exposed to issues they ‘were not ready to hear.'
"My wife cried the first time she read what was going to be in the lessons," said Mr. Seymour, 38.
"This sexualization of our children is just totally inappropriate. They are calling it self-touching, and they won’t use the term masturbation, but when you read it, that’s exactly what they’re talking about."
"We don’t want to start picket lines and wave banners. We’re just an ordinary family. I think many families who had seen these lesson plans would feel the same way we did."