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* Sex education a must for Sri Lankan children, child authority says
Thu, Dec 27, 2012, 10:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 27, Colombo: The child authority in Sri Lanka said today that proper sex education is a must for Sri Lankan Children to educate them responsibly on sexual issues after the island nation beat all the countries in Google searches for the term 'sex'.

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said today in view of the latest honor that it has become imperative to educate Sri Lankan children properly at a young age on sex instead of allowing them to learn it from internet.

"Sex education is a subject that must be administered properly to children," the Chairwoman of the NCPA, Anoma Dissanayake has told Ceylon Today.

"I just carried out a 'Google Search' and found out that Sri Lanka has been ranked number one, followed by India, in using the search term 'sex.' This is because sex education is severely lacking in our schools," she has noted.

She has pointed out that unlike in Western countries where the subject is taught at an early age, sex is treated as a taboo subject in Sri Lanka.

"Children should be made to realize that sex is a natural thing and not something exotic or shameful. They must be taught that there is a time and a place and a dignified manner in which sex is dealt with. Sex is something that can be experienced at any age, but the education must be given early," she has said.

The society needs to be open-minded and practical when dealing with the issue, if not, with the developing technology and access to internet and mobile phones children will seek answers from the internet to find out about sex for themselves, the official has said.

She has also pointed out the need to have properly trained teachers to teach the subject.



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