Ontario’s new sex-ed curriculum


THE BROCK PRESS/Brittany Brooks

THE BROCK PRESS/Brittany Brooks

After thoroughly reading the newly revised sex education component that will be implemented in Ontario’s education curriculum, I feel that it is suitable and up-to-date for the children of our society today. Although some people argue that the curriculum is being introduced at a very young age, I beg to differ. With the enhancements in technology since 1998, and how easily all types of information is at the fingertips of children today, the world has become a very different place. I feel that with the ability to send picture text messages or snapchats, children should know the dangers of sexting and cyber bullying at a younger age.

Students need to be more aware of the dangers and better understand where to draw the line when it comes to their safety. The education of homosexuality to all students was a well-needed implication to have included in the curriculum. Not only will this new integration help students to become aware and accepting of what homosexuality is, but it will also help students who are going through a difficult time if trying to figure out their sexuality.

I applaud the addition of the teaching consent to children as young as Grade two, there are those select few children who need this component as verbal, physical, and sexual violence may exist in their households. If we as educators and child and youth workers can teach these children at a young age, maybe some mental health issues associated with children can be prevented.

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