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Sexual behavior in early childhood

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Transcript of Sexual behavior in early childhood

FACTORS:
age
parents
age, gender, experiences, culture, religion
personal individuality
slower or faster
character, temperament, experience
values & practices in families
situation
emotional and physical development
kisses
hugs
curiosity about their body, including genitals
touching their genitals, including masturbation (in public and in private)
no inhibition around nudity
Abnormal behavior
If:
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Sexual behavior in early childhood
Example
3 yo child will remove his or her clothes in front of others
One of confusing situation for parents can be
recognizing
what is OK and what it is NOT.
exploration other’s private body parts
talking about private parts
freely using words as
“poo“, “bum“ and “willy“
“house” & “doctor” games
show and touch own genitals or masturbate as a comfort habit (during watching TV, when they are nervous…)
continued lack of inhibition around nudity (take-off their diaper or clothes off)

Encouraging healthy development
Common behavior
0 - 5 AGE
WHAT CAN INFLUENCE SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT IN THIS AGE?
It does influence sexual behavior
What is
NORMAL
sexual behavior in children?
Infancy
0 - 2 yo
Early childhood
2 - 5 yo
2-5 yo
0-2 yo
“Show me yours, I’ll show you mine.”
It's time...
to talk about it!
What should parents to do?
Tips for parents
correct names of body parts
explain basic information
very simple answers
understanding of privacy
difference between wanted and unwanted touch
teach about boundaries
male X female
reproduction
appropriate X inappropriate
“Let children know that their body belongs to them…”
“Say NO to unwanted touch.”
situation:
What reaction of parents should follow?
Q:
Where do babies come from??
Talk early, talk often!
why???
BECAUSE:
“Sexuality is much more than sex.”
“Sexuality is emotional, social, cultural and physical.”
“Sexual development is one part of sexuality, and it begins much earlier in life than puberty!”
“Children may not think about sexuality in same way as adults.”
it is out of the ordinary for stage development
interferes with normal interests and activities
involves other children:
takes advantage of younger, involves pressure or force…

Sexual behavior problems!
preoccupation with sexual words, sexual body parts and sexual activity
repeated display of sexual body parts in public
persistent, secretive sex play with other children after being told not to
putting objects in sexual body parts
imitating or trying to have sexual intercourse with toys, pets or other children
doing sexual things with much younger children or children who are emotionally or socially at a much younger stage of development
pressuring or forcing others into sexual activity of any kin
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FAMILY
FAMILY
FAMILY
first to notice sexual behavior
creating a responsibility for own sexual behavior
creating the nature attitudes and values
break down the prejudices
taboo
appropriate X inappropriate
Q:
What is probably the most dangerous situation in this age?
UNDERSTANDING OF HEALTHY CHILDHOOD SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT
KEY ROLE
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION
SEXUAL ABUSE
Classification:
TOUCHING ACTIVITY
child’s genitals or private parts for sexual pleasure
play sexual games
have sex, putting objects or body parts
fingers, tongue or penis – inside the vagina, mouth or in the anus of a child for sexual pleasure

NON - TOUCHING ACTIVITY
showing pornography to a child
exposing an adult’s genitals to a child
photographing a child in sexual poses
encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts
inappropriately watching a child undress or use the bathroom

WARNING SINGS
of sexual abuse
behavior
eating habits
nightmares, sleeping problems
inappropriate sexual playing
psychological
pain
bleeding or secretion
physical
withdrawn, clingy, secretive
bed-wetting
toys, objects
vagina, mouth, anus
Parents should seek immediate professional help!
If they assume that their child was sexual abused.
Q:
What do you thing that is growing problem in nowadays society?
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813 cases
2012
149 by parents
176 by family member
488 another
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