Canadian School Teaches Children about Masturbation
A school in Canada has been accused of assigning kindergarteners a worksheet instructing them about how and where to touch their private parts.
This homework has raised concerns about exposing children to sexually explicit materials.
A post on TikTok earlier this month accused the T’lisa̱lagi’lakw School in Namgis First Nation of British Columbia of distributing the worksheet. The substack was posted by the popular conservative social media account of Libs on TikTok.
The worksheet states that some “children like to touch their own private body parts and some don’t”. It also asks students to “draw a picture of the private places where you can touch your penis or vulva if you want to” and to come up with “private places” where they could do so.
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The Times Colonist of Victoria on Wednesday reported that Namgis First Nation Chief, Don Svanik said officials are investigating the incident and reviewing the school’s curriculum standards for physical and health education.
Students received the assignment as part of an education program on physical health and bodily safety adapted from Kerri Isham’s Body Smart: Right From the Start, a sex education program workbook described as appropriate for kids ages 3 to 7.
The incident reportedly generated attention after someone identified as an alleged parent of a student shared the worksheet in a now-deleted Facebook post.
“You know I was going to keep quiet and handle this quietly but f*** it,” the unnamed parent wrote. #1, I was not informed this would be discussed, no info came home beforehand. #2 my daughter is in JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN!”.I did call the school and I’ll be doing a formal written complaint as well”.
The parent who alerted Libs of TikTok about the situation later amended the original statement once the school indicated she was not aware of the assignment.
The parent furiously added that it was supposed to be just the good touch/bad touch program, which she agreed upon at the beginning of the year.
She argued that that one teaches their body parts and that nobody is allowed to lay hands on their body… “their body is their own, which I thought, yeah, that’s right”.
“So we can’t really blame the school for this situation, because the school had no acknowledgment of this, this is an inside problem that is being dealt with by the school, and they’re just determining what decision they are going to make”.
For her part, Isham said that parents are meant to work through the book with their kids, noting that “all families have different rules about masturbation. Some kids like to touch their private parts and some don’t — that’s true, there’s no debate over that. And if you’re going to do that, you only can do that in a private place. Where are your private places? And they draw a picture of [their] bathroom or bedroom”.
Isham understands why some parents might be upset, saying she would feel the same way if she saw the worksheet without the proper context.
Isham admitted that it is also difficult for teachers to teach this topic. “They don’t get the training, they don’t necessarily have the resources, you can see that they don’t have parental support, they may not have support from their principals. When they do teach it, they get in trouble, and they are shamed for it”.
The sex education book author claims she has received death threats since the post about the worksheet went viral. But she still believes teaching children about sex education “early” does not “strip them of their innocence” but instead keeps them safe from sexual abuse.