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Parents and teachers outraged at graphic sex abuse leaflet
05-28-2008, 07:47 PM,
Parents and teachers outraged at graphic sex abuse leaflet
Schoolchildren as young as seven have been given a booklet containing graphic information about how to spot sexual abuse.

The guide, produced by charity Childline, tells young children what sexual abuse is and includes a quiz asking them to identify situations that constitute abuse.

In a magazine crammed with colourful cartoons they are asked to spot the abuse situation out of three scenarios.

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(Scenarios: The booklet contains graphic information about how to spot sexual abuse)

A goodnight cuddle from mum and a trip to the doctor are the first two options in the chapter headed Hands Off! It's My Body! and What's Safe What's not?

The third option states: 'Your uncle promises you a new MP3 player if you take your knickers off and sit on his lap.'

The 20-page booklet, entitled In The Know and looking at all kinds of child abuse, was handed out to Year 3 pupils at Thomas A Becket School in Worthing, West Sussex, on the last day before the half-term.

But after complaints from parents the school was forced to issue a swift letter recalling the booklet.

Last night the local education authority admitted the literature, aimed at an age group of eight to 11, should have been checked more thoroughly before being distributed.

Parents meanwhile said the material was 'totally wrong'.

Father-of-two Michael Auty, 37, said the book could do more harm than good.

'I think it's totally wrong for this to be aimed even at 11-year-olds. It's putting ideas in their heads.

'I don't want my kids to look at their uncles and think, "He might try and do something to me." It would harm the family.

'It's up to parents to explain to kids what they should do if they find themselves in a particular situation but the language in this booklet is just too graphic.'

Fellow parent Jeanette Seba, 32, who has an 8-year-old daughter, said: 'I obviously worry about her, but I don't think it's up to anyone but me and maybe her teachers to decide how to approach the subject.

'Just feeding all kids this information is asking for trouble. It makes all adults look sinister.'

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(Quiz: The guide tells young children what sexual abuse is and includes a quiz asking them to identify situations that constitute abuse)

Another parent, who did not want to be named, said that the message was reasonable but that it had been delivered in the wrong way.

Headmistress Pauline Warren wrote to parents this week telling them she had destroyed any booklets that had not already been taken home by kids.

She said: 'Parents may find some of this information sensitive for their children and inappropriate.

'If the booklet is in your child's possession, remove it and read it yourself.'

Checks are now being carried out to see whether other children under eight have been given the booklet.

Vanessa Brown, Brighton and Hove City Council Cabinet member for education, said: 'That sort of wording does concern me.'

Dr Adrian Rogers, of the pressure group Family Focus, said he had concerns about the material in the booklet being directed at pre-teens.

'This strikes me as something more suitable almost for 12 and 13 year olds,' he said.

'Is it necessary to inform all children about child abuse at the age of eight. I'm afraid that by informing all children about this sort of thing some of them may actually be harmed as a result by having thoughts or fears about their mum or seeing the doctor.

'I can understand where this is coming from but when do our children go out into the world?'

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(In the know: The NSPCC booklet is to be handed out to eight year old girls)

Childline, a branch of the NSPCC, introduced the booklet last year after consulting children. It covers a host of issues including bullying.

Its own guidance says the publication is aimed at children aged eight to 11 and uses 'colourful illustrations, quizzes and cartoon strips to help tackle the difficult subject of child abuse'.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: ''The NSPCC produced this magazine because our research has shown that significant numbers of children who experience child abuse or bullying tell nobody and suffer in silence.

'We want to raise awareness so that children speak out sooner and, as necessary, receive the help and support that they need.'

She said the sexual references in the booklet were all covered by the compulsory national curriculum and that both children, teachers and parents had been consulted and that schools were advised to allow parents to opt out of their child receiving the material.

She added: 'However, we recognise that all children are different and that what is suitable for one child may not be suitable for another.'

No one at the school was available for comment, but a spokeswoman for West Sussex County Council said: 'Discussing child abuse with young children is always going to be difficult and sensitive.

'The booklet raises some very important issues. It was sent to pupils in Year 3 who are eight years old or will be in the near future.

'The school accepts that the booklet perhaps could have been checked more thoroughly before being sent to these pupils. A letter to parents has been sent apologising for any offence.'
“Everything Popular Is Wrong” - Oscar Wilde
05-29-2008, 02:57 PM,
Parents and teachers outraged at graphic sex abuse leaflet
Quote:'Just feeding all kids this information is asking for trouble. It makes all adults look sinister.'

wasn't there a film called "spykids"?
05-30-2008, 03:31 AM,
Parents and teachers outraged at graphic sex abuse leaflet
so i guess this booklet is a slap to the face to every parent you can't teach their own children these simple things. it's fucking pathetic imo.

when i was a kid, my parents didn't hide anything from me... if we watched a movie with sex scenes and tits were bouncing around all over the place, they didn't try to cover my eyes or anything. if i was curious enough, i asked a question and they answered... simple.

hiding ANY information from kids is one thing that's wrong with the parent/child relationship. i think it's insulting to kids, from an intellectual stand-point. the kids WILL LEARN, BUT YOU HAVE TO LET THEM. just looking at them as 'just kids' and they 'won't be able to understand' just shows the maturity level of the parent and how much they don't know by not being able to communicate certain things to their own children. and i don't mean about just sex and shit... everything else too.
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