Quiz 8: Childhood and Adolescent Sexuality

Psychology

Infancy and young childhood is the time of maximum learning of sexuality in humans. This learning occurs by different means, from their own body structures and of the other they are in contact with. General touching in young children is a normal behavior and can be ignored. This is applicable to any part of their body that they touch which include ears, fingers or the genitals. However, children should be taught about social etiquette and should be made aware of certain actions (such as touching their genitals) which are not appropriate social behavior.

Understanding sexuality is complex and several factors have a significant role to play through a major part of one's life. Playing sex games by young children is a quite common and is a part of the learning process. The sex games are common among children in the age group of 5 to 10. Sex games are acceptable when they children involved are in the same age group. However, such games can be dangerous when the children involved have major age differences. Parents should respond to children's sex games when the behavior becomes abnormal or has a potential to escalate into sex abuse.

Sex education and understanding sexuality is complex in humans. The process of learning begins during infancy and proceeds well into adulthood. However, the early years, from infancy to adolescence are the most sensitive periods. Sexual knowledge should be imparted from all angles, and should not be restricted by one of the factors which influence a child's behavior. Hence, parents, schools, and churches have equal roles to play in imparting sex education in children, with each having its own distinct role(s) to play.