Sexual Abuse Education: Does it Belong in Kindergarten Classes?
The state rolls out a new curriculum today that’s designed to prevent childhood sexual abuse.
Reading, writing and arithmetic aren’t the only things Florida’s kindergarten children will learn in classes from now on. Starting today, they’ll also learn the ins and outs of preventing sexual abuse.
The state intends to roll out its new “Safer, Smarter Kids” curriculum today in all of its public kindergarten classes. The addition to the standard ABCs and 123s lineup is meant to help kids avoid becoming targets of abusers.
The program will present a variety of topics in a manner that is meant to inform children without being explicit or scary. Topics include safety awareness, self-esteem development, body boundaries and “Listening to your Guiding Voice.”
While most parents will agree children need to be educated about and protected from sexual predators and abuse, we’d like to find out what you think about Florida schools taking on the task.
What do you think about having kindergarten teachers discuss sexual abuse in their classes? Do you think this topic should be reserved for teaching at parents’ discretion? Vote in the poll below or speak your mind in the comments section.