Sex education: is ‘Planet Porn’ really appropriate?

The Telegraph 11 March 2014
Should sex education classes include discussions on pornography? According to new advice launched last week to supplement the government’s own sex and relationships education guidance, they most certainly should.

What is more, the advice, jointly published by Brook, the Sex Education Forum and the PSHE Association, claims that lessons addressing issues surrounding pornography have the support of over four-fifths of parents.

But parents who say they think pornography should be taught in sex education lessons generally assume that their children will be taught that it is wrong and discouraged from viewing it. They don’t for one moment think that it will be presented as a topic for discussion, devoid of any moral framework or direction.

Yet such is the approach advocated by some of the nation’s most influential sex educators, in advice which professes to have the support of government ministers and luminaries from the worlds of education, health and child protection.

Top of the list of ‘useful resources’ comes the Sex Education Forum’s e-magazine on pornography. The Sex Educational Supplement includes a ‘Teachers’ wishlist’ which states: “We want teachers to know..That pornography is hugely diverse – it’s not necessarily ‘all bad’.”
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