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What Research Tells Us

At Sex Ed Reclaimed, we’re committed to taking an evidence-based approach to education. This starts with looking at the growing body of research concerning children and sex.

Know the Facts

Parents can delay having conversations about sex, reasoning that their children are too young to understand or engage with sex-related topics. All the while our children are impacted by the hyper sexualized world around them. Silence and shame will teach our kids if we don’t. Meanwhile, opportunities abound to talk with our kids about sex.

What you may not realize:

  • Children are highly likely to encounter explicit pornographic material by age 10 and 99% percent likely by age 18.
  • The chance kids will have a friend or family member in the LGBTQ community is nearly 100%.
  • The majority of children will grapple with sexual identity, particularly during puberty.
  • 75% of parents think their child has never seen porn. In reality, over 50% of children report watching it.
  • Kids believe porn is realistic, affecting their future sexual behaviors.

Many people who subscribe to a biblical portrait of sexuality, which includes abstinence outside of marriage, have recognized the gaps in education. While sex ed programs can be designed with good intentions on both ‘sides’ of the aisle, they all have the capacity to narrow down sex to a list of behaviors, when it is far more complicated and nuanced than outward behavior alone. Rather, sex ed is an opportunity to engage with the next generation on an incredibly important topic which can impact their identity.

Research indicates:

Break the Silence

When parents don’t speak to children about sex or sexuality, children learn sex is shameful, uncomfortable, and unimportant.
There is a better way forward. Children who have open, honest discussions about sex in their homes:

  • Learn that sex brings pleasure and intimacy in the context for which it was designed.
  • Are more likely to communicate when something is wrong.
  • Develop the ability to separate truth from lies in a safe space.
  • Are less likely to rush into sexual relationships.
  • Are less likely to utilize explicit material as a way to learn about sex.
  • Enjoy closer relationships with their caregivers.

These research insights may bring up fears or concerns. Sex Ed Reclaimed is here to address them. Let’s embark on this sex ed journey together and give your child an education that reverses the cycle of shame and silence.

Parenting is hard enough, ‘the talk’ doesn’t have to be.
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