New Sex-Ed Curriculum Comes Out Today
Ontario parents will get a glimpse into the new sex-ed curriculum today.
Education Minister Liz Sandals is expected to unveil the new curriculum at Queens Park, the first time it’s been updated since 1998.
The Liberals had abandoned an earlier attempt to update the curriculum five years ago following protests by parent and religious groups. Premier Kathleen Wynne has vowed the new changes will be in place for the new school year in September 2015.
According to the Canadian Press, parents will be getting a copy of “quick facts” that will highlight some of the new key points in the updated program.
The guide says students from Grades 1-3 will learn safe internet strategies, including “how to get help for themselves or others if harassment or abuse happens either face-to-face or online.”
Students in Grades 4-6 will learn about the dangers of “sexting,” as well as the risks of sharing sexually-explicit images online, cyberbullying, and the social and emotional implications of sending sexually explicit images online.
The guide also says that blocking select internet content is relatively ineffective for older children, and it’s better to teach them about thinking critically when it comes to viewing explicit content online.
The curriculum is also expected to teach children about same-sex marriage and homosexuality in Grade 3. Grade 6 students will be encouraged to have discussions about puberty, including masturbation, and will learn about the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases by Grade 7.
According to Sandals, the program will not be revised after its been made public because parents were consulted.
Should the risks of sexting be taught in school? What do you think of this change in sex education?